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On Saturday, January 30, 2016 St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters sponsored an "Annual Dinner for the Needy" held at St. John's Church, near Penn Station in Manhattan.

Our guests for the day were people were homeless or simply in need of a helping hand. Volunteers waited on hundreds of these special guests, serving them "restaurant style" at numbered tables. The hearty meal featured a delicious menu that included: penne pasta with meatballs, herb-spiced chicken, rice, salad, rolls, coffee, tea, cake and cookies.

What's more is that guests had an opportunity to choose a coat from donations and receive other winter weather gear to brave the frigid temps this year.

Thank you to those who volunteered to help hundreds of people in need. We are sending a special thank you out to June Tang-How who coordinated this annual effort.

Volunteers are prepping meals at our "Dinner for the Needy" The room is filled with guests

A delicious meal awaits our guests! "We are happy to be feeding so many people this afternoon."

A family sits and enjoys food and fellowship. A volunteer prepares a plate of delicious pasta.

A returning guest is in attendance at our annual event. Coats and cold weather accessories were distributed to all at the event.

June Tang-How shares a photo-op with Dinner guests.
Thrilled to have seniors from Encore Community Services!
"Today has been very rewarding!"
June Tang-How (and her awesome volunteer group) have done it again!