Missouri Valley churches are working together to provide community meals for people in the area.
Every third Wednesday things get busy at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Missouri Valley. The doors open at five for a community meal. It's called Community Table and what makes it interesting is what it is not.
It is not a fun raiser. Food is free of charge. There isn't even a free will donation basket. It is not limited to members of the church. Anyone who wants to eat is welcome. And it is not a recruiting tool, it's just supper.
Pastor Steve Pera says "we offer this community table meal as a ministry to the community a ministry of hospitality".
Community Table generally attracts over an hundred hungry people. It is a large undertaking. Sixteen volunteers work on the meal and they start a day early. Jeanie Botos supervises the kitchen. She says "we wanted the neighbors to be able to come in for a meal and also a lot of the elderly in the community just like to come and enjoy a good meal but the fellowship is really important for them to get out and visit with their friends".
The local Methodist Chruch started the tradition. Their meals are on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The Presbyterians have also done Community Table meals from time to time, serving theirs on the second Wednesday.