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.
Saturday, November 9th, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Encino cooked a wonderful lemon garlic chicken dinner.
Doan's Bakery in Woodland Hills donated fresh baked goods for desert. Students from the Muse Middle and High School
in Calabasas served dinner. The students also donated food for future meals and toiletries which they distributed
during the dinner. Halloween Candies donated by Hale Charter Academy Students were distributed, as well as a pairs
of new socks (from a private donor). Gary and the Soul Dogs provided entertainment.
Our next community dinner is November 23.
On Saturday November 23rd, The Community Dinner will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Woodland Hills donated the turkeys and will be serving dinner along with volunteers from The Salvation Army Valley Missional Communities from Canoga Park.
Community Dinner Head Chef Karmen Brower and her team need volunteers to cook turkeys for the Thanksgiving dinner. If you can help please contact her through the email below.
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.