The United Christian Assistance Program’s annual Hungerfest is set to take place at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26 at First United Methodist Church.

Tickets are $5 each and the meal includes vegetable soup, crackers and iced tea. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from the UCAP office, located at 204 Miller St. in Minden.

Charlotte Jones, director, says two hams, pralines and cookies will be available as well.

“It’s one of our biggest fundraisers,” she said. “We do it to pay for utility bills, buy some groceries when we have to and help transients with a motel room for somebody passing through.”

A cake auction will follow the meal with two of the best auctioneers in Minden heading the event – Dr. Richard Campbell and Ken Warren. She praised them saying they usually bring in a good amount for the cakes.

“It started out as $5 for a bowl of soup and crackers to symbolize the homeless and those who need help,” Jones said. “And then we started a cake auction and we get people from different churches around town to furnish cakes for the auction. We usually have 40 or 50 cakes.”

The Hungerfest began about 15 years ago, Jones says.

For more information, please call Jones at 318-470-0201, or the UCAP office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 318-377-6804.