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The "Annual Dinner for the Needy" sponsored by St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters was served to over 500 homeless and shelter residents of New York City. This delicious hot meal was held in the Church Hall at St. John the Baptist Church in midtown Manhattan. Over 40 volunteers coordinated by June Tang-How prepared the meal, along with the help of the Friary chef from St. John's Church. A delicious pasta or chicken and rice dinner, with vegetables, salad and dessert was the featured menu. The meal was served "restaurant style" to the guests seated at decorated tables. The dedicated volunteer "waiters" made everyone feel welcome. 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, and every child received a special toy. Great food and an afternoon of fun and surprises was enjoyed by everyone for this wonderful annual event.

Tasty pasta and chicken dinners were prepared by the volunteers. The meal was served to over 500 needy and homeless clients.

Volunteer "waiters" were excited to serve the guests. "This meal is the best! Thank you St. Francis Food Pantries!"

June Tang How with some of her dedicated volunteers. New coats were distributed to the guests after the party.

These volunteers had the sweetest job. This guest showed his appreciation by entertaining the volunteers.

Joe Sano, Executive Director of St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters with June Tang How.
Great music and songs delighted everyone.
The volunteers were as pleased as the guests.
"It is always a pleasure to help the needy."
"This has been a wonderful luncheon. We loved it."