State lawmakers serve food to the homeless

Published: Jan. 16, 2014 at 2:28 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2014 at 2:29 AM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A bi-partisan group of state lawmakers are addressing the hunger problem in Alabama with hands-on service.

It's not every day you see lawmakers serving food to the homeless and poor at the Friendship Mission in Montgomery.

Democratic state Rep. Charles Newton says hunger and homelessness is a serious issue in the state that lawmakers will address.

"We pass budgets that's what we are working on this week in the legislature. We have to allocate funds and we know there are programs to help citizens and we are hoping by doing this program today we can send a message that there are people in our state that want to help others in need," Newton said.

The state leaders said it was important for them to step outside the statehouse and into the lives of the people they service.

Lawmakers heard stories from people like Anzlla Davis who said she was in a woman's shelter and on crack cocaine for 20years.

Now she's drug free and saved. Through testimonies like hers lawmakers say they know the outreach goes beyond a meal and shelter.

"This is where I found Jesus at as my Lord and Savior," Davis said.

Lawmakers plan for this to be a recurring event. House Speaker Hubbard didn't mention any specific legislation geared toward hunger and homelessness, but he did say the big push for more jobs will assist with help people get back on their feet.

About 15 members of the Alabama House of Representatives were in attendance.

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