Dinner at the Bell

Wednesdays 5:15pm - 6:30pm in Stocker Hall


Can you spare two hours a month to help our neighbors?  We need four volunteers to help at Dinner at the Bell from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on the fourth Wednesday of each month to hand out toiletries to our diners.  If you can help or would like more information, please contact Jay Kuhnhenn at jaykuhnhenn@comcast.net.

We would like to tell you about Dinner at the Bell. It received its name because our guests line up by our old church bell on Rockefeller. The dinners began April 28, 2003 with a goal of serving a full dinner once a month to anyone in our community that would benefit from it. The first night 34 people were served. Within a few months the response caused the program to change to every Wednesday. Our average attendance now is over 130 with the largest group being 199.

Our program started in 2004 under the leadership of Louisa Best, Pat Erickson, Mary Grosse, Annette King, Shirley Lockeman, Shirley Morrow and Judy Oberg.  This wonderful and dedicated crew guided and grew our ministry to those in need for over 12 years.  Now our team leaders come from a variety of groups who generously provide a healthy meal using our revamped kitchen and are currently led by David Baer-Peckham.  Please contact David if you’d like to serve.


Over the years we have had many volunteers from our community. At this time Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Port Gardner Community Church, friends and others now provide one third of our volunteer help. Our shower guy, Frank Fargo, has given over 5,800 showers, half of them at First Presbyterian Church. A new addition is Steve, the barber. Steve cuts both men and women with great outcomes. Karl’s Bakery currently provides pastries and Volunteers of America Stock Pot soups. Another special ministry is provided by 34 cake bakers that donate a cake four times a year. Twice monthly toiletries are handed out.

First Presbyterian Church provides the financial support that makes this mission possible.