First Saturday Community Meal
A healthy meal for all
On the first Saturday of every month, 12:00-1:00 pm, St James hosts a community meal, open and free to all who desire.  St James, together with several other churches, offer these meals on Saturdays when the New London Community Meal Center is closed.  In this way, the homeless, the working poor, families and others can have a healthy meal every day of the week. Typically, we host 100-150 people.

This ministry of St James Parish is coordinated by Dan Ivey. Dan puts a great meal together each month on a shoestring budget.  Several organizations donate resources to The Community Meal:

  • Stop and Shop and Big Y donate bread and desserts
  • The United Way Food Center donates food
  • The Baldwin Fund provides a grant
  • Second Harvest provides resources
  • And of course, the communicants at St James help with pledges, time, and talent.

 We need your help!  If you want to serve in this ministry, see Dan Ivey or Ellen in the church office.

 Saturday meals served by area churches include:

  • 1st Saturday: St. James Episcopal Church, 76 Federal St.
  • 2nd Saturday: First Congregational Church, 66 Union St.
  • 3rd Saturday: Second Congregational Church, 45 Broad St.
  • 4th Saturday: Prepared by Niantic Community Church, Served at United Methodist Church, 130 Broad St.
  • 5th Saturday: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 60 Huntington St.
Here are other food and hunger links:
Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center
Connecticut Food Bank
America's Second Harvest—The Nation's Food Bank Network
Learn About Hunger in America
Feeding Children Better
Word Document with Comprehensive List of Food Resources in New London Area
Last Published: January 17, 2017 9:21 AM