Meal Service FAQs

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Meal Service FAQs

Thank you for your interest in providing and serving a meal to our guests at Carpenter’s Place. It’s because of generous people like you that our guests are able to enjoy breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday. Below you will find answers to some frequently asked questions that come up when people are considering volunteering for the first time. We hope this helps to clarify what you can expect if you choose to participate.

What meals are served at Carpenter’s Place?
We serve breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday. (special schedules may apply to holidays)

Who can volunteer to provide and serve a meal?
We welcome church groups, businesses, families, friends, school children (with supervision), and community groups.

How many guests do you serve?
For breakfast, we serve between 50 and 60 guests.
For lunch, we serve between 80 and 100 guests.

What time do I need to arrive to prepare for meal service?
Breakfast is served at 9:00 am. Volunteers and their food should arrive by 8:30 am.
Lunch is served at 12:30 pm. Volunteers and their food should arrive by 12:00 pm.

How many volunteers are needed for each meal?
It is good to have 4-6 servers. If you have less, let us know in advance and we will supplement. Those from your group that are not needed to serve are welcome to mingle with our guests after the prayer when serving has begun.

What if I can provide a meal, but cannot serve the meal?
We can make special accommodations to help provide volunteers to serve the meal.

What are some of the most popular meals?
Our guests love pizza, fried chicken, egg bakes, homemade casseroles, fresh fruit, green salad, potato salad, and hot dogs.

If you’re interested in providing a meal for our guests, or have additional questions, please contact our Community Engagement Manager, Teresa Lantz, at cpengagement@carpentersplace.org or 815-964-4105 ext 203.

Thank you for your support!

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