God’s Family Dinner serves a free hot meal to about 180 people each Thursday evening; there are no requirements or restrictions – everyone is welcome. Since the ministry began in 2004, we have served over 125,000 free meals to hungry souls.
Each week, we need at least 6 volunteers to serve the food, greet guests, and clean up from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Six of the volunteers serve the food by placing it on trays and giving the trays to the guests. Additional volunteers are always welcome; they can help with serving drinks, keeping tables clean, sweeping floors, and visiting with the guests. Some tasks have more interaction with guests, and some have little or none–we’re happy to put people to work where they feel most comfortable and useful, although our priority is always to cover the 6 serving positions.
Our greatest need for volunteers is during the summer and around holidays when schools are closed and people are on vacation. We are closed during the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas, but are open on Thursdays the other 50 weeks of the year.
In addition to UBC members, among our regular volunteers the last several years have been Highland Park Baptist Church, Congregation Agudas Achim, Hope Presbyterian Church, Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church, University Presbyterian Church, college groups from Hillel and UT International and various youth groups from churches and organizations within and outside of Austin.
If you would like to volunteer as an individual or group, or you need more information, please email GFD Volunteer Coordinator Wendy Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at (512) 478-8559.