Lander United Methodist Church began serving a free, weekly, community meal on Friday, September 22, 2017. The meal is intended for those ‘in need’ within our community and will be served every Friday from 5:30-6:30 pm in the church’s parking lot. Volunteers will shop for, cook, serve, visit with guests, and clean-up. Several community partners have stepped up to make this project possible and have committed to hosting one Friday a month for a year.
WHERE: Lander United Methodist Church parking lot – 262 North 3rd Street
WHAT: Free dinner every Friday night
WHEN: 5:30-6:30 pm
Where will the meal be served? In the parking lot at the Lander United Methodist Church.
Who is the meal intended for? The meal is intended for folks in our community who are in need… families, singles, couples, adults, children, etc. In particular… no income, low income, and fixed income people as well as those in our community who are just trying to make ends meet.
When will the meal be served? Every Friday night from 5:30-6:30pm
Who will serve the meal? Volunteers ~ 6-12 per week
How much does each meal cost our guests? Nothing! The meal is free.
How much does each meal cost to provide? $120.00-$180.00 per week for up to 80 people, depending on the menu.
How is the meal being funded? Mr. D’s and Donations.
Is there a need, and is it important to feed people? The Food bank serves 150 families per week in our local area . . . YES!
How Can I Help?
Financial donations to help fund the meal can be made by clicking the link below. (“Good Samaritan Community Meal Fund” will be listed as an option).
If you are interested in helping support this project by donating time or resources, please call the church office.
Since its inception in October of 2016, the Good Sam Emergency food pantry has handed out over 4,500 bags of groceries. The pantry is supplied through food donations made by church and community members, financial donations, and through a very generous partnership with Michelle Motherway and Mr. D’s.
The pantry is not meant to be a grocery store. Rather, it is an emergency food pantry for when times are tough and income didn't stretch far enough to cover groceries for the month.
Monday: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Thursday: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
How often can I visit the pantry? Individuals may visit the pantry a maximum of two (2) times during a calendar month. This is tracked in the church office.
How many bags of food can I take? Individuals may take a maximum of five (5) bags of food at each visit. We ask that you take what you will use and use what you take.
How do I access the pantry? To access the pantry, individuals must register in the church office. They will then be escorted to the pantry by a church employee. There is another form to fill out once you have entered the pantry.
Pantry protocol: We ask that individuals not reach into the freezers and refrigerator. Please ask the employee who accompanied you to the pantry to retrieve items from the freezers and refrigerator.