That effort has grown into a community dinner, served Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 720 S. Tobin Street.
Supper organizers originally targeted Renton Rotary Food Bank patrons for the supper ministry, but all are welcome. The first dinner on June 7 drew local families who are feeling the pinch of unemployment, as well as local homeless people from a nearby encampment.
The mission of the supper is made clear on their Facebook page: ‘The Renton Community Supper is a co-operative ministry of many differing people, churches, and organizations from the greater Renton community. We are united around this single purpose: to assist the helpless, homeless and hungry who live among us. We provide a free meal, a warm and friendly place to enjoy it, and connections that offer hope for a better future â€“ all at no charge, and with no strings attached. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we offer a free meal in a dry/warm space from 5:30-6:30 PM.’
In an interview with the Renton Reporter newspaper, Salvation Army Captain Terry Masango said, “I think for me the miracle behind all this is how the community has come together, and set aside their theological differences, and said let’s come together to feed those who are hungry. The partnerships have impressed us.” To read more of that story online, please click here for a link to the Renton newspaper.
If you want to learn more about the Renton Community Supper, click here to join their Facebook group.
The Renton supper ministry is a great model for how churches can come together to feed hungry individuals and families. Maybe your town or neighborhood can follow their lead?