Advent’s vibrant neighborhood in New York is home to millionaires and paupers, homeowners and homeless, people thriving and people barely surviving. On the 4th Saturday of every month from 12-1 pm, we invite anyone in need of a good home-cooked meal to be our guest at a sit-down lunch. We typically serve 175 guests at each of our meals.
Some of our diners are homeless, but most are not. Basic living expenses in New York City are high, and money is especially tight at the end of the month for those whose main income is from Social Security or other fixed sources.
The meal includes a freshly-prepared hot entree of chicken or beef, a starch like rice, potatoes, or pasta, a hot vegetable, salad, dessert, and coffee or juice. As our guests leave, they are given a bag of fruit to take with them. Advent is licensed by the New York Board of Health and receives money from the United Way and other sources.
Unlike many other programs, the meal is not buffet or take-out, but full service: the meal, drinks, and dessert are served restaurant-style. Diners sit together for fellowship and conversation. We hope our guests are nourished in body and spirit.
Click here to volunteer at Community Lunch. You can serve as often as the Spirit moves you, serving once a month, once a year, or any number of times in between. Our volunteers run the gamut – singles, couples, families, youth, older adults, and even groups interested in community service opportunities. Come join us!
Advent’s Food Pantry is a once-a-month program that distributes a bag of groceries to anyone who shows up, no questions asked. Although the program is funded by state and federal sources, our staff is made up of volunteers who order, bag, and distribute the food on the first Saturday of every month. We survey our guests to find out more about their households so that we can accurately track who is receiving the food and, ideally, grow the program to meet the neighborhood’s most pressing needs.
If you need food:
Groceries are distributed the first Saturday of every month, beginning at 10:30 am. Enter the red double doors on the corner of 93rd and Broadway. We serve until all bags have been handed out, usually around 11:30 am. There is a limit of one bag per person.
If you want to serve:
Food Pantry volunteer hours are from 9 am to 11:30 am the day of the program. Bagging takes place from 9:30 to 10:30 am, and distribution begins at 10:30 am. We are generally finished with clean up and record keeping by 12 noon. You can help as often as the Spirit moves you, serving once a month, once a year, or any number of times in between.
If you would like to be on the volunteer list, please send your email and phone number to Frankie Thompkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.