Local organization provides lunch for city workers

A local organization helped spread Thanksgiving cheer to El Dorado city workers on Monday with homemade barbecue lunches.

Members of Fordville Community Watch and other volunteers gathered at the New Jerusalem Christian Ministry Church in El Dorado to distribute the meals.

FCW member LaDebra Van Hook said at least 180 meals were prepared, based on a number suggested by El Dorado public works manager Robert Edmonds.

The meals, consisting of roast pork, baked beans, collard greens, potato salad, cornbread and cake, were packaged and distributed to workers who picked them up on Monday.

Van Hook said a group of local churches, including New Jerusalem, New Olive Branch Baptist Church, Shady Grove Baptist Church and New Eastside Baptist Church, pooled their resources to make the event possible.

She added that the event was part of FCW’s mission to promote “unity in the community.”

“We’re trying to bring the community together… We wanted to let [city workers] know we appreciate the service they provide,” Van Hook said.

The group is based in Ward 1 of El Dorado, which has two new incoming council members, David Hurst and Frank Hash.

Hurst was helping pack food at the event on Monday, and Van Hook said the group plans to work with new members of the city council in the area to organize youth-focused and improvement-focused events. the community more broadly.

“[FCW] started from a community need for… awareness, to help rise. Let’s hope that the new aldermen who arrive help to build. We are centered on unity, not only [in Ward 1] but throughout the community; we just have to work where we are right now,” Van Hook said.