The Second Helping
The Second Helping, established in November 1998, is the primary local mission of First Congregational United Church of Christ. The Second Helping is a Sunday evening community meal that is open to anyone who needs it. Guests are served a home-cooked dinner at 6:00 p.m. and are given a sack lunch with food for breakfast and lunch the next day.
We serve dinner on every Sunday, including holidays. The average number of guests served is almost 50 each week. We also provide meals to the Pawnee Crisis Stabilization Center each week. In a typical year, we serve about 7,000 meals.
The Second Helping is funded through our operating budget and special gifts to this ministry. On the first Sunday of each month we "Fill the Breadbasket" during worship. You are invited to bring a cash donation or items for our lunch sacks, such as individual flavored oatmeal packets, granola bars,or individually-wrapped snack crackers (such as cheese or peanut butter).
Each year there are about 400 volunteer slots to fill, representing nearly 1500 volunteer hours. Volunteers come from the church, the community, and student groups at K-State. We are in need of people to welcome our guests, prepare the meals, prepare desserts at home, prepare the sack lunches on your own schedule, and provide donations. If you are interested in volunteering, you can sign up here.
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