Petersburg mother and daughter looking for help feeding the hungry this winter


PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — For years, Katy Brown and her mother, Reverend Doctor Tammy Hayes of Journeys Ministries in Dinwiddie, have been helping to feed the hungry in Petersburg once a month, rain or shine.

Now, they’re asking for help to give out more meals as the winter approaches.

“We’re just local people passionate about our community,” Brown told 8News Reporter Candice Cole. “We love Petersburg, we love the citizens and we just want to make a difference.”

“We’re just local people passionate about our community. We love Petersburg, we love the citizens and we just want to make a difference.”

This marks the seventh year that Brown and Rev. Hayes will be feeding the hungry and homeless out of the Washington Street United Methodist Church on the last Saturday of every month.

“The people can come in, they get warmth, they get hot food, they can sit down, we have fellowship with them,” Rev. Hayes said.

Brown and her mother want to do even more to help, so they started a GoFundMe page to get more people involved.

“We want to provide bag lunches once or twice a week,” Brown said. “We want to just have an account to provide anything that the low-income citizens here in Petersburg need.”


According to Brown, just five dollars can feed up to three people. So far, they’ve reached $170 out of their $1,000 goal.

Rev. Hayes says she also to one day open a full-time soup kitchen.

d21736de22a145f49161c8c2f5dd83b8“You come down here with the thought that you’re going to bless people, but you, in turn, get blessed,” she said.

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