Camp Branch UMC hosting Poor Man’s Supper on March 14

Published 2:44 pm Thursday, March 5, 2020

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ALABASTER – Camp Branch United Methodist Church is gearing up to host its annual Poor Man’s Supper on Saturday, March 14, from 5-7 p.m.

The event, hosted by the church’s United Methodist Women organization, has been a tradition at the church for more than 30 years, said Debra Payne, a member of UM Women. A Poor Man’s Supper refers to foods that impoverished families may have eaten during times when meat was scarce. It is believed that its popularity grew out of necessity during the Great Depression when meals heavily consisted of beans and grains.

The event serves as a fundraiser for Camp Branch, but there’s not set cost for a plate of food. Payne said guests are asked to contribute what they can for their food. The menu includes turnip greens, butterbeans, coleslaw, wieners and kraut and old-fashioned fruit cobblers. All of the food will be home-cooked by member of UM Women.

Guests will be able to enjoy live music as they dine-in or they may get their food to-go.

Proceeds from the event will fund mission projects for the UM Women group. The group sponsors My Sister’s Place in Calera, Methodist Children’s Home of Alabama, Family Connection and projects throughout the church as needed.

The event will take place at the church and coincides with its celebration of its 200th anniversary.