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On Saturday, January 25, 2014 St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters sponsored an "Annual Dinner for the Needy" held in Manhattan at The Church of St. John the Baptist.

Over 400 guests were hosted by 30 volunteers who served them food in formal "restaurant style" according to their numbered tables. The delectable meal featured a menu of penne pasta with meatballs, herb spiced chicken with vegetable rice, salad, rolls, coffee, tea, cake and cookies.

These clients, who are homeless and/or otherwise in need of a helping hand, could also select a new or gently used coat from an assortment of donations. Cold weather accessories such as hats, gloves and scarves were also distributed to help brave the frigid NYC weather this winter. The children in attendance also received toys, much to their delight and surprise!

These donations were all made possible by recent winter coat and toy drives that many of our corporate and individual supporters contributed to.

Volunteers, including Chris Metzger (3rd from right), are ready to serve meals! Set up for Dinner at St. John's Church has begun!

Volunteers share in a moment of prayer before the guests arrive. Grateful guests are happy to share a hot meal with their family members.

"We love being able to give back." Olive, a happy volunteer, prepares a plate to be served.

The meal isn't complete without our guests enjoying some treats for dessert! "Thank you St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters, we had a fun day together!"

Joe Sano, Executive Director of St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters visits guests.
Bob Wectenhiser of St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters says hello to a family enjoying the meal.
A very talented young lady entertains the Dinner guests.
Hundreds of guests were served at St. John's Church.
Besides a hearty meal, guests received clothing, coats and accessories received during our Winter Drives.