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One of Fort Mill’s Community Café sites closing

Don Murfin, Neida Gunn and Betsy Goodwin serve meals at a Community Cafe in Lake Wylie.
Don Murfin, Neida Gunn and Betsy Goodwin serve meals at a Community Cafe in Lake Wylie. Lake Wylie Pilot file photo

One of Fort Mill’s two Community Café sites will serve its last meal next month, the organization announced Monday.

The Community Café at Community Bible Church, 125 E. Elliott Street, Fort Mill, will serve its last meal April 27, officials said. The Community Café at Lake Wylie Lutheran Church in Fort Mill, will continue its regular Friday meals. The Community Café at Community Bible Church operates on Wednesdays.

“This is such an unfortunate circumstance for the downtown Fort Mill area,” Don Murfin, president of The Community Café, said in a statement.

“The Community Café of Fort Mill Community Bible Church was a joint mission that was working well between The Community Café and the church. Since opening on Dec. 3, 2014, The Community Café of Fort Mill Community Bible Church has served nearly 25,000 free meals to members of the Fort Mill community.”

Murfin said he hopes another church in the downtown Fort Mill area “will answer the Lord’s call to be a new home for the Café.”

Community Cafés offer a free meal once a week to anyone who wants to show up. Donations of any amount are accepted. The food at the Community Cafés is donated. Some comes from commercial suppliers, but private sources, such as the Fort Mill Community Garden, also contributes. Volunteers prepare and serve the meals, which typically include several courses such as soup, salad, sandwiches and dessert. Coffee, tea and other drinks are also provided.

Since the first Community Café opened in early 2010, over 170,000 free meals have been served to members of the Fort Mill and Lake Wylie communities, Murfin said.

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