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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Friendship Feast supporters make a plan

  •      A group of over 50 concerned citizens met Thursday to discuss the future of Friendship Feast, a meal program currently housed and sponsored by the Presbyterian Church.


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  •      A group of over 50 concerned citizens met Thursday to discuss the future of Friendship Feast, a meal program currently housed and sponsored by the Presbyterian Church.
         A recent decision by the church's governing board sets Aug. 31 as the last day the program can use space in the basement.
         Lois Swonger, kitchen manager for the program, organized Thursday's meeting and was pleased with the response.
         "It was amazing," she said in a phone interview Friday morning.
         "So many people there to help and willing to help — everyone talked and gave ideas," she said.
         A steering committee with ten members was formed and will meet again next Tuesday.
         "The committee is ministers and volunteers who are concerned about the future of the program," Swonger said.
         Swonger started off the meeting with a positive report. "My volunteers are fantastic. The kitchen is full," she said.
         Participants soon agreed that the program fills a big need in the community and expressed general willingness to stand behind the program.
         The next steps are a letter asking for donations and a plan to keep the program in its current location.
         "We'll take a solid plan to the Presbyterian Church and if that doesn't work out we're looking at a couple of other churches to move to," Swonger said.
         The steering committee will discuss the possibility of working through the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas to accept tax-deductible contributions.
         Swonger remains upbeat about the future of Friendship Feast.
         "It was such a positive meeting," she said. "This is not just a job for me — there's no way Friendship Feast will end."
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