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, has temporarily suspended operations until Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted.
A big thank you to Karmen, Katie, and Sarmila for their heavy lifting in keeping the dinners going through
March, in a "take out" format. The Community Dinner served over 70 boxed "to go" dinners last Saturday,
March 28th, featuring beef tips with noodles. We were able to notify guests of the local emergency
shelter which opened the day before, and we also had a visit of support from Council Member Bob Blumenfield.
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped to make the two March dinners happen, facing the challenge of feeding
those in need while also keeping guests and themselves safe from COVID-19 spread.
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.