A free nutritious home-cooked meal for those in need served every second and fourth Saturday at 5 pm. What began as a Prince of Peace ministry has become a community outreach to the many homeless and struggling people in the west San Fernando valley. Supporting organizations have included the Boy Scouts, schools, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish congregations, this parish, and others in the community. Their dedicated participation as cooks, servers, and cleaners as well as their financial backing has helped maintain the quality and quantity of these dinners.
The Community Dinner at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church continues on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month.
On Saturday, January 11th, the Community Dinner served chicken with a creamy broccoli sauce prepared by
the Grace Catholic Church of Encino. Musical entertainment was provided by Randy Kistler on guitar,
with eighty guest in attendance.
The next Community Dinner will be on January 25. The National Junior Honor Society from St. John Eudes will be serving dinner. Sarmila, a member of our permanent cooking team, will be preparing a delicious Indian dinner including fish cakes and black eyed peas with beef.
If you are available to volunteer for one of the dinners (second and fourth Saturdays), would like to support in other ways, host a dinner, or have any questions about how to become involved with the Community Dinner, please contact Dorothy at CommunityDinnerInfo@gmail.com.
Community Dinner Location
Usually in Taylor Hall near the West Valley Food Pantry, although occasionally in the Family Center or on the patio between the Sanctuary and the office.
Jennifer Frost was the face of the Community Dinner beginning with a shaky start with only 12 guest to the serving of over 80 guests that we see today. She greeted the guests as friends and encouraged the other volunteers to do the same. Jennifer had to leave the program, but her spirit and dedication lives among those who continue this ministry. We owe her a debt of gratitude for her dedication to nurturing a service that helps so many. Thank you, Jennifer.