Loaves and Fishes is the weekend lunch program at St. Peter’s, served in the parish hall on Saturdays and Sundays. Meals are served at no cost to our guests. There is also a special dinner served Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The Easter and Christmas meals are prepared by members of the Adas Yoshuron Synagogue. The Thanksgiving meal is prepared by St. Peter’s.
The program began in the 1990s, when the people of Pratt Memorial United Methodist Church were looking for somewhere to relocate their own evening meal program due to the sale of their building on Union Street to the Farnsworth Art Museum. About the same time some people at St. Peter’s had decided to serve lunch from our building and began serving coffee and sandwiches from the trunk of a car in the parking lot, and pretty quickly the program was invited into the parish hall, and the Methodist and Episcopal programs merged together as a weekend effort.
Several other church and secular groups have taken part over the years, so that each group usually serves one meal a month.
Each team is independent, and has its own way of providing the necessary food. Some groups use dishes prepared beforehand by members of their churches, some raise their own funds, and some recruit local restaurants to provide what is necessary. Most cook their meals in St. Peter’s kitchen. From time to time, various local restaurants and stores have also provided certain kinds of supplies such as surplus bread and prepared sandwiches.