Friday is the first day of Lent and the kickoff of St. James Episcopal Church’s Gumbo 2018 at Bishops Hall, on the corner of Florida and North Fourth Street.

Launched in 1951, the Lenten tradition includes dozens of St. James volunteers serving lunches of chicken and sausage or shrimp gumbo, salad, bread and a dessert from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday. Dine-in meals include water, tea or coffee.

Boxed lunches are available for drive-thru pickup. À la carte items include pints and quarts of gumbo, rice, coleslaw, desserts and mini baguettes.

To place a pickup order, call (225) 387-5141 or visit Orders must be placed from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday mornings and can be picked up from the Fourth Street pickup lane.

One-time delivery of crawfish étouffée will be available March 23 only, as long as supplies last.

The gumbo lunches are the sole fundraiser for the Episcopal Church Workers’ outreach projects, according to a news release. Over the years, the group has provided assistance to many local groups and agencies and significant contributions to hurricane relief, flood recovery efforts and foreign mission work.