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Pilgrim Church offers a Free Community Lunch Saturdays

Posted: November 20, 2010
Nancy J Conrad

Pilgrim Church provides a free Community Lunch every Saturday 12 noon to 1:30 pm.



Pilgrim Church has been designated as an Emergency Food Provider (EFP) and is registered with  the Greater Boston Food Bank as a "Pantry" and as providing a "Community Lunch".   

Pilgrim Church has a long history of providing free community lunches but dropped this function in the late '90's.  Rev. John Odams felt that it was time to restart the tradition.  The church held their first luncheon on March 7, 2009 with 25 people sharing food together. 

The number attending varies but has never fallen below 25 and once reached a whopping 120 people. The church is also licensed under the Public Health Department and both the Food Bank and DPH conduct inspections annually.

Rev. Odams and volunteers come to the church several days a week to perform the many activities involved their food work.  Ordering is online for all food service functions - the Food Pantry, serving on the Common and the Community Lunch. 

Food pickup is assisted by an adult daycare group who eagerly look forward to loading the boxes into their van, driving to the Pilgrim Church and unloading the food.  Local volunteers then separate the food into pantry packages. 

On Saturdays, volunteers arrive around 7am to prepare food for serving the hungry on the Boston Common.  The church van leaves for the Common at 8:30am and the cooks turn their efforts towards the Community Lunch.

The food served is nutritious and tasty and the menu depends wholly on the food available that week from the Food Bank.
  • Fresh mixed salad
  • Meat and cooked veggies
  • Starch such as potatoes, pasta or rice
  • Beverage - juice, coffee, water
  • Dessert.
The Free Community Lunch is posted on all local calendars and newspapers, but word-of-mouth is how most people hear about it. 

Pilgrim Church invites you to stop in, say hello and take a seat.  There's no waiting in line, no cafeteria style serving.  You will receive the same food as everyone else - a huge plate of hot, nutritious food and you will truly sense that it is made with Love.

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Pilgrim Church - Saturday Community Lunch Pilgrim Church - Saturday Community Lunch
Pilgrim Church - Saturday Community Lunch Pilgrim Church - Saturday Community Lunch

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