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.
On Saturday, November 23 The Community Dinner traditional Thanksgiving Dinner took place. Members of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Woodland Hills donated the turkeys and served dinner along side
volunteers from The Salvation Army Valley Missional Communities of Canoga Park. Randy Kistler entertained
the guests on guitar. Thank you to members of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church and The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints from Woodland Hills for cooking the turkeys. Thank you to, private donor Aron for
donating all the other food necessary for the dinner, and to Head Chef Karmen Brower and her team for cooking
for the days of preparation. The Community Dinner Guests were also treated to a free pair of new sneakers or
long sleeve t shirt donated by Genia, another generous private donor.
Our next community dinner is December 14.
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Encino will be cooking dinner. Andrea Harper and Friends will be performing.
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.