Meals at the Mission



Every day of the year, we feed the hungry

The need is great. The demands on the Mission's meal service have grown substantially due to national and local economic downturns. In 2011, the Mission served 44,960 meals, an average of 123 meals each day compared to 2014 the Mission served 55,845 meals, an average of 153 meals each day.

Meals are served every day of the year and are free. Almost all the food served in the dining hall is donated by individuals, local groups or corporations. The Mission depends heavily on these donations to meet the needs of our hungry residents and community neighbors.

Mission staff prepare 3 meals a day during the week, and 2 meals a day on weekends. One of the ways you can help us is to volunteer to cook and serve a meal to our residents.  Individuals, families, and groups from local churches, schools, synagogues and community organizations are all welcome to come prepare, cook and serve a meal.


Some things we hope for

The dining hall needs a restaurant-style salad bar, so we can provide a variety of fresh salads and vegetables in our effort to improve the qualilty of food served.

Want to help? Donate funds for the salad bar!


The kitchen needs additional storage space for frozen foods, and a walk-in freezer would be the best use of limited space. A walk-in freezer will replace several chest-type freezers and a reach-in freezer currently in the kitchen. This conversion will bring significant savings in electricity and use our limited space more efficiently.

Want to help? If you would like to donate funds for this freezer and its installation, please call the Mission at 540-886-4673.

Our Dining Halldiningrm2

The Mission's dining hall is a welcoming place for shelter residents and members of the local community to come for meals. In 2010, volunteers from the Home Depot painted the dining room, adding a scenic mural for visual appeal.

Also in 2010, the Mission was able to purchase new tables and chairs for the dining hall. At mealtime, we can accomodate up to 104 people in these comfortable and clean surroundings.

See the photograph album about our dining service Meals at the Mission.

Volunteers make it happen

Volunteers are essential to the success of the Mission, especially in meal services.volunteerkitchenpantry
At right, a college volunteer gathers food supplies from the pantry as the staff cooks prepare for mealtime.

Want to volunteer? See Volunteers for suggestions.

How can you help?

Donate food, funds or your time. For details, see Ways You Can Help the Mission.
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