Foods are cooked from scratch by volunteers and the menu differs monthly, as First Presbyterian Church Littleton launches a monthly free community dinner on the last Tuesday of each month, inviting folks from the neighborhood and beyond. “We don’t know how many will show up,” Lynda Kizer said. “We’ll cook for 100.” They have arranged to give surplus food away, so it isn’t wasted.
Chairperson Lynda Kizer said that each dinner would be at 6 p.m. and reservations are not necessary. She hope the January guests (about 30) will tell their friends as they said they would, so the program will grow. She is proud that they are able to have colorful tablecloths and real dishes and silverware.
The large church kitchen has been remodeled recently and has a long counter that makes serving easier for the willing volunteers, who take turns cooking and serving. Kizer said she has about 25 volunteers who help cook, serve and clean up.
The tasty January meatballs, sausage, spaghetti and salad dinner was prepared by active church members David and Stacey LeMay from old family recipes, and dessert cookies were baked by various congregation members. Guests were invited to enjoy seconds and take to-go boxes if they wished. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed as table conversation from kids, parents and seniors filled the room.
“There is always a bowl of fresh fruit,” Kizer said.
When Kizer first had the idea, they started with quarterly dinners and a team of five. She and others funded the start-up and now have money from the church’s mission fund. This year, friends contributed a check that will probably cover the whole year.
“Cooking from scratch really saves money and we got the plates tax-free. The congregation donated the silverware. It’s fun to see the volunteers — I practically had to beat them off with a stick,” Kizer said with a laugh.
The last Tuesday seemed like a good day since budgets may get tight at the end of the month.
The 6 p.m. Feb. 28 menu will include hardy chicken stew, cheese biscuits, two salads, fruit and of course, homemade cookies!
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