What is Good News at Noon?
We are a faith based ministry that depends solely upon Jesus for our needs.
Churches, service organizations, families and individuals partner with us to make this outreach possible.
Good News at Noon serves restaurant-grade meals for lunch every day of the year.
Each Thursday night we give away over 100 boxes of groceries. We distribute clothing, bedding, sleeping bags, cookware, even automobiles to the disadvantaged. We share what God sends to us with those in need.
We provide shelter for 20 men in a sober environment helping them find physical, mental, and spiritual healing.
We are a youth center; we provide a safe place for the children of the community to play and learn. Volunteer teachers help raise low report card scores and self-esteem.
We are a worship center: devotions accompany the lunchtime meal as well as Bible studies before the evening dinner meal; Sunday morning devotions are followed by breakfast and a worship service; Sunday school lessons point the children towards Jesus.
In 1987, following a 37-year career as a school teacher and administrator, Gene Beckstein sensed God's leading towards a new occupation: reaching out to those in need right where he lived.
So along with his wife, Margie, the Becksteins placed a sign in their front yard inviting all who were hungry into their home for lunch.
The word of their hospitality spread quickly and from this daily display of concern for those in need "Good News At Noon" was born.
The overflow crowd in their kitchen soon relocated to a seldom-used community center at Melrose Apartments, a government-subsidized low-income housing project.
Churches, civic groups, families, and individuals from across Gainesville's diverse community began to align themselves with Mr. & Mrs. B (as they affectionately became known) in their attempt to meet the immediate needs of those around them.
Multiple side ministries soon began to sprout out of the original free lunch program: a homeless shelter was constructed, a food pantry ministry blossomed, summer school programs reached out to the children of the area, even a free medical/dental clinic began and was later able to move out on their own.
God graciously prospered Good News At Noon. Today tens-of-thousands, without regard to social or ethnic background, are fed, clothed, housed, and ministered to each year.
19th century missionary Hudson Taylor once said, "God's work, done God's way, will never lack God's supply." The truth of that statement is on display daily at Good News At Noon.
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