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Church in Phil Campbell stops serving free meals to tornado victims

PHIL CAMPBELL, AL (WAFF) -

The First Baptist Church in Phil Campbell, that served free meals to tornado victims, served their last lunch this afternoon.

Over the last 3 months, they served up more than 10,000 meals.

The decision to stop serving lunch wasn't because of a shortage of food.

Hamburgers and peach cobbler was the final menu for volunteers in Phil Campbell. Every day since the April 27th outbreak hundreds of people have waited at the First Baptist Church for the free lunch. But Pastor Tim Haney and his wife Angie decided it's time to stop.

"We have two restaurants opening back up, and we want to give the revenue back to our town," says Angie Haney.

At its peak, the church served as many as 900 empty stomachs a day. It was a large task for a small church, but the couple said help was always there. An army of volunteers came up with the meals, served them, and helped clean up after.

"We could not have done it without them. It all goes out to them and the glory of God because without Him and them it couldn't have been done," says Pastor Haney.

But they're not finished helping. The church outreach, like the community, is in a transition phase. First Baptist will now focus its efforts on supplying donations to tornado victims and rebuilding the town.

"It makes you feel better that the town is starting to come back again. Me and her both would have to confess we're ready to get back to some normal activity. This has been the new normal for several months now," says Pastor Haney.

The couple will do all they can to help that "normal" come back as quickly as possible as Phil Campbell continues down the road to recovery.

The church says all of the leftover food and donations will go into their food bank where tornado victims can stop by and pick it up.

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