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Community invited to Friendship Suppers

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but there are free suppers from 5 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

“I’ve been praying for the last couple years for some outreach our church could do for the community,” said Terri Krovoza, head of the church’s community services group.

This week’s Friendship Supper — the second — had about 20 people from the community in attendance, along with about 30 people from the church itself, and featured knephla soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.

“It was very encouraging. I think everybody enjoyed it,” Krovoza said.

The initial idea behind the supper was to help people in need by offering them a free meal, but since then the initiative has expanded to include the whole community at large.

“I wanted the community to know that we care about the community,” Krovoza said.

After checking with the Jamestown Salvation Army, the Homeless Coalition of Jamestown and Community Action Region VI, the community services group planned its first supper for March 18.

No one showed up.

“I had a lot of people that said ‘Don’t get discouraged,’” Krovoza said, and the group persevered, with the second supper drawing a crowd of 50 people, many of whom had been personally invited by others.

“We’re just praying that it will catch on and that we’ll have more people from the community catch onto it,” Krovoza said.

Sloppy joes and baked potatoes are on the menu for next Tuesday’s Friendship Supper.

The event’s new motto is “If you’re hungry, you’re welcome.”

It takes about a dozen volunteers to make the supper happen, from cooks to servers to clean-up crew. Funds for the supper come from the church, though a community member has also donated a substantial amount of money for the event.

In the future, Krovoza hopes to partner with other organizations, such as other churches or community groups, and perhaps ask for donations from grocery stores or food producers.

Donations for the supper should be marked “Friendship Supper” and can be sent to the church at 1201 4th St. NE, Jamestown, ND 58401-3729.

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