Prince of Peace Center was founded on the mission of providing essentials to a community in need, and one of those essentials is and has always been food. Today, the Center’s Food Program provides supplemental food to over 500 families a year – most of these on a monthly basis. PoPC served an average of 260 adults and 146 children per month through the Food Program in 2014.
The third Thursday of every month is Food Day, the day that anyone registered with the Food Program at PoPC can arrive to receive their food bags. Distribution times are between 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM, and between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Our “food year” begins in July, so new sign-ups are typically handled in June.
Many local businesses donate food items to us on a regular basis. When community organizations and schools host food drives for the Center, anything collected is then distributed through the Food Program too. In 2014, 91,376.6 pounds of food came in as donations from various local sources. That’s almost 45 tons of food – which we distributed to those in food crises throughout the year!
Mondays and Wednesdays (excluding holidays) are busy days at the Center! From 4:00 to 5:00 PM, PoPC hosts a community meal, free and open to the public. Volunteer groups and individuals from all over the community arrive to prepare, cook, and serve the meal, as well as to enjoy conversation with the diners. All are welcome to partake in Soup Kitchen dinners with us; it is a service to the community as a whole. Many staff members also enjoy these delicious meals!
In 2014, we served an average of 70 dinners per day, twice a week – holiday meals are always a favorite!