LEHIGH ACRES, FL- Those looking for a hot meal at a Lehigh soup kitchen, may soon have to look elsewhere.
Citing a shift in need, organizers say instead the pantry at Christ United Methodist Church is expanding it's hours to accomodate families wanting to eat at home.
Today's menu at Our Daily Bread food kitchen is tuna sandwiches, salad, and coconut pie, but prepared meals here, may be a thing of the past.
Advisory board member for Our Daily Bread Tom Foryt says, "We noticed a drop in people attending the noon time meal, and the cry was, we need food to take home."
The kitchen currently serves ready to eat food on site Monday's and Wednesdays in the next few months that's going to change.
Foryt says, "The preparation of food will be reduced and it will slowly go away. "
Meanwhile pantry days have been expanded to Monday, Wednesday and Friday and those meals aren't prepared.
Something helpful for Lehigh resident Valerie Layton who has a 6 year old son and takes care of her ailing father at home.
She says, "Today I got three bags full. I'm taking them home so that my family can eat."
Ten year volunteer Josephine Travetto says the kitchen plays an important role in the community.
She says, "Some people come in to socialize, they live alone, so they come in and they're able to socialize with friends, then there are other people who are really hungry, hungry. "
Some customers of the food kitchen are concerned with the homeless who do not have homes to prepare food in.
Tom Foryt says there are other places in community that can accomodate them and that the pantry will distribute canned food that does not need to be prepared.