Wednesday, February 29, 2012
DALLAS -- James2 Community Kitchen is adding a second meal night at a different site beginning in March.
James2 provides free meals every Tuesday evening at St. Philip Catholic Church, 825 SW Mill St., and now will serve meals on Thursdays at Dallas United Methodist Church, 565 SE LaCreole Drive, starting March 8.
Meals will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at both locations.
Sue Lamb of James2 said the nonprofit is responding to the increasing need of families and individuals in the community.
"There was pull for us to do this," she said. "Our mission was for us to expand to serving every day. That's the goal, but we have to do it in incremental steps."
Lamb said James2 prepared and served meals at Polk Community Connect in Dallas on Jan. 25, an event organized to help those struggling with homelessness. Volunteers served 500 meals just in that one day, a fact that resonated with James2 organizers.
"We know there is a need," she said. "Polk Community Connect really shined a light on what we knew was already going on. We know there is a population that we are not serving from the number who came through the door (at Polk Connect)."
Lamb also noted that location was a factor in choosing where to offer the second meal. Dallas United Methodist Church is a more convenient site for people in the surrounding neighborhoods to walk to, she said.
James2 began serving meals in spring 2009 at Dallas United Methodist Church. Within two years, the number of people receiving meals outgrew the church's kitchen capabilities and James2 made the move to St. Philip in August 2011. But after switching sites, volunteers found that many people who walked to the meal site weren't able to make it to St. Philip on foot.
Lamb said while James2 isn't serving as many meals each week as it did at Polk Connect, the numbers have still been high.
In the last several weeks, James2 has been serving 300 meals on Tuesdays. A considerable number of those were "takeout" orders, a service that James2 would like to concentrate on reducing to just those who really need to have food delivered, such as people who can't leave their home or for people caring for a sick family member. She said volunteers will encourage people to dine at the meal site rather than picking up food and taking it home.
Lamb said James2 is anticipating serving about 175 to 200 meals on Thursdays, once the word is spread about the second night.
"It will happen," she said. "Once people realize we are back at United Methodist, they will come."
Need a Meal?
James2 Community Kitchen meal sites
St. Philip Catholic Church, 825 SW Mill St., Dallas.
Dallas United Methodist Church, 565 SE LaCreole Drive, Dallas.
4:30 to 6 p.m. both days.
Donations to help support James2 Community Kitchen are always welcome and volunteers are needed to help serve and prepare meals. To donate or volunteer, contact Sue Lamb: 503-851-5918.
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