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Community Programs - Annual Dinner for the Needy 2012

St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters sponsored the "Annual Dinner for the Needy" held in the Church Hall at St. John the Baptist Church in midtown Manhattan. This delicious hot meal was served to over 500 homeless and shelter residents of New York City. June Tang-How coordinated over 40 volunteers to help at the event. June and some of the volunteers prepared a large portion of the meal themselves, with help of the Friary chef at St. John's. The dinner featured a choice of a pasta or chicken and rice dinner, vegetables, salad and dessert. Guests were welcomed to sit at decorated tables and were served "restaurant style" by the dedicated volunteer "waiters." Live music added to the festive mood of the Church Hall, and many guests found themselves singing along. The guests also received donated hats, scarves, gloves and winter coats items as they left. Everyone enjoyed the food and fun while visiting with their friends during this wonderful afternoon.

Over 500 less fortunate New Yorkers attended the Dinner.

These cheerful volunteers were ready to serve the meal.

Dinners were plated and served by "volunteer waiters."

Soft drinks were served with a smile.

This family enjoyed a great meal at the party.

Tasty desserts of every kind finished off the dinner.

"I am really grateful for this dinner!"

Volunteers also visited with the guests during the afternoon.

Bob Wechtenhiser from St. Francis Food Pantries with dinner organizer June Tang-How.
Warm winter wear was given to the guests as they left.
Live music lifted everyone's spirits.
"We are happy to serve this meal to those in need."
"Thank you St. Francis Food Pantries for all of your help!"