We offer free dinner to
anyone in our community.
Four Wednesdays each month
— the first, second, third, and last Wednesday — from 5 to 7 pm.
It began in May 2009, when members of Suquamish UCC served a free dinner to about 30 people in our community on the last Wednesday of each month.
With tremendous support from our community, this has continued and steadily expanded. In April of 2010 we started cooking an additional meal on the first Wednesday of the month. Originally this was a hearty soup; it is now a full meal.
More on the history of the Community Kitchen…
We are now serving an average of 70 people at each meal on four Wednesdays of every month. Our highest number of guests was 148 on December 28, 2011.
Menus have included roast chicken, turkey dinners, chili, fresh salads, beverages, and — always — great desserts!
We are coordinating our efforts with other churches in North Kitsap, with the hopes that there will be a church providing dinner every day in the last week of the month –- a time when, for many of our neighbors, the cupboards are bare.
A variety of groups participate in preparing and serving each meal. One month, the dinner was served by the Medicine Wheel participants; another month it was served by our friends at Grace Episcopal Church. Other teams have included Cross Sound Church, the Friends of Miller Bay, Windermere's Kingston office, and Boy Scout Troop 1502.
We have also received tremendous financial support from our community. In particular, Grace Episcopal has provided grants that allowed us to purchase commercial cooking equipment and two double-oven stoves.
We gratefully appreciate all of the financial donations, as well as donations of time, that have made this possible.