by DEBRA MOTANDON
South Plains College has so many best kept secrets. They are the things that make it stand out as a really special campus.
One that stands out for me is 50-cent lunches. These lunches are provided Mondays and Thursdays at 203 Magnolia Street in Levelland, and at 201 Magnolia Street on Tuesdays. Even though the meals are only 50 cents, they far exceed that with flavor.
There is variety in the meals, as some days it may be brisket, sloppy joes, baked potatoes, casserole, taco soup, bean soup, pizza and many more. It’s definitely worth well more than the cost they charge.
Matt Berry is the director of the Baptist student ministry, which has been around for 59 years. They started serving lunches about 40 years ago, but it has always cost 50 cents. They serve lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.
The BSM started offering the lunch, provided for the students and staff at SPC, to meet a couple of needs. One was to reach out to students who are in need of anything they can help with spiritually. They also fill the stomach of hungry students, because lots of students are skipping meals due to not having the funds needed to buy groceries to eat.
They have two full-time staff members and the rest are volunteers, including 12 student leaders who also help.
Food is donated by churches in the area, with paper goods provided by BSM.
The area churches that help with this ministry are: Second Baptist Church in Levelland; First Baptist Church in Whiteface; First Baptist Church in Meadow; Fifth Baptist Church in Levelland; First Baptist Church – women in Levelland; First Baptist Church in Brownfield; Ridgecrest Baptist Church; Calvary Church; First Baptist Church in Ropesville; First Assembly of God in Levelland; First Baptist Church-men in Levelland; First Baptist Church in Sudan; Baptist Church in Wellman; Baptist Church in Smyer; Bledsoe/ New Trinity; First Baptist Church in Plains; First Baptist Church in Littlefield; First Baptist Church in Morton; College Avenue Baptist Church; Park Avenue Drive Baptist Church; First Baptist Church in Whitharral; Fairview Baptist Church; and First Baptist Church in Whiteface.
They feed approximately 150 people on any given day. Whether you are going to fill your stomach, or you are going to meet other needs, you will always be greeted with a smile from everyone you meet.
Tuesdays are served by the Wesley Foundation at 201 Magnolia Street. The Wesley Foundation is a student ministry of the First United Methodist Church designed to spread the love of Jesus to the SPC campus. They do various activities which try to involve the students and, in turn, deepen their relationship with the Father. The Director of the Wesley Foundation is Chelsey Jones, who has served as the director for four years. They have provided meals for 40 years to the staff and students as well.
So, if you have not found this “Best kept secret,” which no one is trying to keep a secret, they would like everyone to know where and what they are doing. Just remember to say thank you for everything they are providing.