- Where: 420 Wilson Ave. Menomonie, WI
- Phone: 715-235-5838
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: menomonieucc.org
- A free meal, every Thursday, from 5 to 6 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ.
Everyone is welcomed to come in for a freshly prepared meal.
- A menu is prepared every week by a professional chef.
- A variety of foods are included from meats, vegetables, fruits, and deserts.
- The majority of the food is fresh and prepared on-site by the chefs.
Photo from an article about First Congregational United Church of Christ in the Leader-Telegram.
Started in 2006 by members of the congregation.
- Inspired by the Biblical story of the Good Samaritan and a want to help the community.
- The Church and community supported the initiative, allowing for the purchase of industrial kitchen appliances.
- Followed the model of the pre-existing Tuesday’s Table, run by St. Joseph’s Catholic Church every Tuesday, 5 to 6 pm.
Thursday’s Table is a nonprofit organization.
- Staffed by a pool of around 150 volunteers.
The Feed My People Food Bank is the main supplier of the food needed for the meals.
- Feed My People allows for the purchase of food at a fraction of the normal cost.
- Feed My People Food Bank is located in Eau Claire, WI and is connected with Second Harvest in Minneapolis, MN.
- The food bank is the #1 agency that confronts food insecurity in the community.
In 2016, Thursday’s Table participated in Feed My People Food Bank’s Food for More Challenge.
- Approximately $2800 was raised, translating to 2800 lbs of food credit at Feed My People.
Thursday’s Table provides a free meal to anyone who walks in the door.
- Meals are served 50-52 weeks per year.
- It is estimated that 35,000 meals have been served in the past 10 years with around 3,000 served in 2016 alone.
There are no questions and no qualifications to join the meal.
- It is a time for food and socialization.
- Everyone is welcome to the meal.
Thursday’s Table has a large older crowd and many regulars.
- Anyone who may need the meal is encouraged to come including the elderly and families.
- A major hurdle comes in spreading the word to those who could benefit from the meal.
- Posters are often posted, but word-of-mouth advertisement continues to be an important factor.