Gumbo Fridays: A Lenten Season Tradition

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POSTED: Friday, March 7, 2014 - 4:47pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 7, 2014 - 5:46pm

If you're looking for a less expensive lunch option on Fridays during the Lenten Season, head to St. James Episcopal Church.

They'll give you a hearty bowl of gumbo with all the fixings, but it's also a time for those in the Baton Rouge community to unite.

Diners have the option of a chicken and sausage mix or a shrimp option for people who've given up meat for Lent.

And you can find the tasty tradition at St. James Episcopal Church each Friday from now through the Easter holiday.

Visitors also have the option to dine in, carryout, or even pick up a meal at the drive-thru.

"This is our 63rd year, and it originally started because they needed to air condition the parish hall, so it started to buy air conditioning," said Ashley Frey, Co-Chair of Gumbo Fridays.

The yearly fundraiser helps the Episcopal Christian Women with outreach programs.

And one goal of this weekly tradition is to open the opportunity for people to come together.

Marvin McLennon, who stopped by to enjoy a bit of gumbo himself, said: "I think it's important because you get a blend of people. Kind of like a gumbo, you get all these people thrown together, and they just continue to interact with each other, and you get to meet new people."

The same holds true for all of the volunteers who take time out of their day to make this weekly lunch a success.

"You get a sense of community. Everyone comes together for a common cause, and it's just great to work with other people," said Charlotte Provenza, a volunteer.

Next Friday, when you're looking for a quick bite to eat for lunch, bring a friend to St. James and "pass a good time together."

Gumbo plates are 10 dollars.

The last gumbo lunch will be held Friday, April 11.

The lunch is held each week in the St. James Bishop hall located at the corner of Florida Boulevard and Fourth Street.

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