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Every Monday at 5:30 p.m. we serve a delicious, hot, home cooked, healthy meal to
ANYONE that wants to come. No questions asked.
Bessie’s Table began in October 2003, with a simple mission in mind; “Providing a hot home cooked meal, in a welcoming environment to individuals and families in need at no cost.” Operating on the “Stone Soup Principle”, we gather donated food items from various sources and create a complete meal. It is through these donations of goods that Bessie’s Table can prepare and serve each meal needed every Monday evening.
However, when we are unable to secure a donation, these items must be purchased. The average cost for an entire meal is $150.00. Unbelievably, our expert kitchen volunteers can purchase enough food to prepare a meal to feed 100-125 individuals.
Perhaps your organization, school, or church has been looking for a community partnership program. What better way then to partner with Bessie’s Table, and have your $150.00 partnership donation help so many individuals in the community. With your partnership donation, you will receive a certificate to proudly display in your organizations office recognizing you as a partner.
Bessie’s Table is extremely thankful to all the benefactors, including GFS, a main sponsor which donates produce on a weekly basis, as well as other items that are make up our meals. Panera Bread donates bagels, breads and croissants, and sweet rolls when these are available. Jarosch Bakery provides delicious desserts and breads as does the Jewel Food Store on Dempster/Elmhurst in Des Plaines. The ?Des Plaines Self Help Pantry donates excess meat as well as holiday hams and turkey dinners.
It takes many hands and many hours for Bessie’s Table to come together each week. For example, volunteer groups include: Audi, Littelfuse, Feldco, St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, Boy Scouts, School Groups, Athletic Teams and other churches, regardless of religion. This is a great family activity as well as a fun individual activity. Contact our volunteer coordinator to sign up for dates that are available.
Do you enjoy helping and enriching the lives of others? Bessie’s Table provides an excellent opportunity to do both! Volunteering is simple. We need volunteers to assist with:
Bessie’s Table serves dinner each Monday from
5:30pm until 6:30pm
. Dining room volunteers should arrive by 4:00 pm to set up. Kitchen volunteers start preparing the meal at 2:00 pm. Clean-up is completed by 7:00 pm.
You can volunteer every Monday night or one Monday per month. We appreciate the time that you give, and so do our guests!
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.
First United Methodist Church
668 Graceland Ave. Des Plaines, IL 60016
Phone: (847) 827-5561
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