Community Free Dinners have served nearly 1,500 meals in Lander
It started as an idea to provide a free weekly meal to members of the community, no questions asked. It has been an astounding success.
The Rev. Mark Calhoun, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Lander and a member of the Lander City Council, asked local service organizations to help the church’s effort and each entity was given a specific Friday night to provide the meal and volunteers to serve it.
The response was heartwarming. Since its beginning 18 weeks ago, “251 community volunteers from the NOLS Rocky Mountain Branch, Lander Rotary, Lander Kiwanis, the LVHS Key and Interact clubs, Wyoming Catholic College, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Wind River Community Church and countless other community volunteers have come together and have served 1,439 meals,” he said. Calhoun had special praise for local grocer Mr. D’s Food Center, which has provided a great deal of help for the event. “Our average is 79 meals a week and tonight we served 100,” said Calhoun after last Friday night’s meal.
The free meal is served at the church, 262 North Third Street, Friday evenings at 6 p.m.