Have you heard of Hope Dining Room?
My name is John Hornor and I have been the president/chair of Hope Dining Room for 18 years. Hope Dining Room has been serving a free hot midday meal to those in need in the Greater Newark Area since 1983.
I have been involved for so long because we provide a needed community service, not just to feed the homeless, but also to provide a lift for those who may just need a few meals per week covered to help them stretch their funds further.
I am thrilled that the Newark Coop has decided to fill the open fourth Tuesday slot starting in October and represents a great opportunity for your volunteers to support your local community. Please consider contacting the Co-Op to help.
I have watched many people utilize this service for only a few days, weeks, months or sometimes longer. The Dining Room provides a safe place to sit down and be served a hot meal and have conversations with others. Friends and contacts are also made. When the local economy is poor, the population served increases. However, even in better times, there are always those that need some help.
Adults, children and/or families arrive starting at 11:45, sit down, and are served a hot meal. There are no requirements for anyone to receive this meal. We are currently serving around 60 meals per day, though attendance varies throughout the year and year to year, depending on the state of the local economy. The menu varies throughout the month and each serving group determines the meal but most include a protein, vegetable, starch and dessert.
Hope Dining Room began serving a midday meal on Mondays in 1983 through the outreach of five area churches. Four of these churches still cook and serve a meal today. By 1984, the outreach expanded to cover Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the participation of 10 more churches. In 1997, Thursday was finally able to be added with the addition of more church groups. In 2012, service was finally extended to Tuesdays although we still have some Tuesdays of the month not covered.
Hope Dining Room, Inc is a 501 3(c) nonprofit and receives funding from governments, local churches, businesses, and individuals. We operate out of the Social Hall of the Kingswood Methodist Church at 300 Marrows Rd.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in volunteering on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Volunteer shifts between 11 am and 2 pm are available.