Pacific House provides breakfast and dinner for about 60 to 80 men daily - with this number rising to about 90 to 110 individuals during the winter months. The cost of this service is almost $250,000 annually.
To help the shelter offset what would be an approximate $250,000 cost, churches, businesses, community organizations and families from all over Lower Fairfield County volunteer one day of each month to prepare and serve dinner at the shelter. Some groups cook the meal at their own facilities, while others serve food purchased from a restaurant or that they have arranged to have donated.
Set up and dinner service (with guidance and assistance from shelter staff) takes 60 minutes - from 5:30pm to 6:30pm - and the average cost to provide dinner ranges from $450 to $500.
Because of space limitations the shelter does not have a cooking kitchen and is only licensed to warm food. Therefore, groups that bring the meal prepare it in an offsite kitchen such as a church hall and bring the meal cooked and ready to heat and serve.
Interested in participating in the Meal-a-Month program? Please contact Velma Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.