The annual Lenten lunches at St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge start Friday.
Now in their 67th year, the lunches run each Friday in Lent (except for Good Friday) at the church's Bishops Hall, corner of Florida and North Fourth streets.
Volunteers will serve meals of chicken-and-sausage or shrimp gumbo, along with salad, bread and dessert, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dine-in customers have water, tea or coffee included with the meal.
Drive-through pickup of boxed lunches is also available. Pints and quarts of gumbo, rice, coleslaw, dessert servings, and mini-baguettes are offered. For pick-up orders, call (225) 387-5141 or order online at stjamesgumbo.org between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Friday mornings. Orders will be delivered to the car from Fourth Street pick-up lane.
Orders also can be placed for a one-time delivery of crawfish étouffée on the final Friday, March 23, as long as supplies last.
St. James’ Friday Lenten gumbo lunches are the sole fundraiser for the Episcopal Church Workers’ outreach projects. The outreach has offered assistance to numerous local groups and agencies, as well as making significant contributions to hurricane relief, flood recovery efforts, including foreign mission work involving parishioners and of local interest.