The first dinner was attended by 11 guests and very many eager Quakers and others who wanted to provide a nourishing, hot meal for those in need.
Many of the original volunteers and guests are still showing up.
Today, the average number of guests served is around 60, and sometimes exceeds 70.
From the beginning the group set a mandate to sit down and share the meal with their guests, so volunteers could get to know those they serve. This helps the group become aware of the challenges faced by people who struggle with joblessness, mental illness, addiction, and other health problems.
Normally, each third Monday of the month, diners arrive at Fallsington Friends Meeting, many arriving by van, courtesy of Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need.
That all changed with the onset of the pandemic, which has eliminated the practice of serving in-person hot meals.
Until the pandemic eases, BFFF now creates “to go” meals which are delivered by Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need.
One of the most rewarding aspects of BFFF is how their work has expanded the number of available meals.
BFFF leaders coached others in organizing dinners, and the number of organizations who now provide dinners ensures there is a meal available in Lower Bucks every night of the month!
BFFF has members from Yardley, Newtown, Middletown, Fallsington, Doylestown and Bristol Meetings who regularly volunteer, along with other non-Quaker volunteers.
BFFF is successful on many fronts.
It provides an opportunity for those who want to do something for those less fortunate while giving homeless and food-insecure persons comfort and life-sustaining nutrition.
For more info visit https://www.quakersbucks.org/bucks-food-for-friends.