We serve a free sit-down meal to approximately 125–150 guests every Tuesday evening from 5:00pm to 5:45pm. Everybody in the community is invited to attend. The meal usually consists of a vegetable, salad, entree, dessert, and a choice of beverage. Inviting the whole community provides a way for all of us to share a meal and conversation together. Everyone is welcome here!
We have been blessed with an extraordinary number of volunteers who plan, prepare, and serve the meal. We share responsibility for meal planning and preparation with other groups such as Binghamton Rescue Mission and VINES. The team leaders plan and cook the meal, and purchase the necessary supplies and food needed to supplement what we receive from CHOW and the Foodbank of the Southern Tier. With the aid of talented volunteers working together, we serve a meal to approximately 400 to 500 community members each month.
Volunteers are always welcome and encouraged to help with food preparation, serving, and cleanup after the meal. To volunteer, please use our Sign Up Genius form (see below), or contact our Community Meal Coordinator, Katie Kukol Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org). First-time volunteers also need to submit our Volunteer Application (online, or fill out the paper version available at the church).
Shift 1, 12–4pm — Prepare, cook, and assemble food for the meal, set tables, and help with other dinner prep as needed.
Shift 2, 4–7pm — Serve meals in the dining room, run dishes back to the kitchen, serve beverages, and assist with cleanup. This is a fast-paced, community-engaging shift.
We continue to think about new directions for this program. If you wish to be involved in the conversation about how best to carry forward this UPC tradition, please contact our Community Meal Coordinator, Katie Kukol Wright (email@example.com).