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The Shepherd’s Table began back in 1989 when Campbell Morris wanted to put on a Thanksgiving dinner for needy people in the Bedford Area. He shared his idea with Pearl Broesamle and the two of them organized volunteers to do it.
They served the Thanksgiving dinner in the fellowship all of Bedford Presbyterian Church that year, and again in 1990. They served 65 dinners each year.
This grew into a regular meal service which began serving a midday meal every Wednesday, starting on May 15, 1991. These were originally served in Bedford Presbyterian’s fellowship hall.
They moved to the Bedford Christian Services building, on Washington Street, on Aug. 23, 1995. By that time they were serving 100 meals each Wednesday. Now, they are serving 150 meals. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Shepherd’s Table receives no federal, state, county or town funds. It operates solely on donations.
The Shepherd’s Table and Bedford Christian Ministries, both separate organizations, co-own the Christian Services Building on Washington Street and, according to Broesamle, the facility needs a new roof at an estimated cost of $16,000. She said that checks to help with the project may be sent to The Shepherd’s Table, 217 West Washington Street, Bedford, Virginia 24523. Checks should be made payable to The Shepherd’s Table.