Friendship Feast is a non-profit organization that depends entirely on donations and contributions from the community.
Located at First Presbyterian Church on Central Avenue since 2000, the feast began when members of the church had heard a homeless man was living under a bridge in Dodge City.
This Friday, a brisket dinner fundraiser will be held at the church from 3 to 7 p.m. with the funds received going towards the Friendship Feast.
"Friendship Feast is a compassion ministry that serves a free, hot, nutritious meal, Monday through Friday, to those who are hungry in Dodge City," feast secretary David Graves said in a press release. "It is in its 5th year of operation as an independent, non-profit corporation and ministry that serves on average, approximately 75–100 people on a daily basis.
"Last year, more than 16,000 meals were served to adults, and more than 5,000 to children."
During the summer months the feast serves around 100 people a day Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and serves approximately 70 people a day during the winter.
The meal cost will be for $7 as a minimum donation per plate/person. The meal will be a brisket sandwich, baked beans, chips, drink and cookies for dessert.
"It takes about $4,500 each month to keep the ministry’s doors open," Graves said. "So our support comes primarily by way of free-will donations from individuals, churches, businesses and other organizations that donate groceries and other food items."
According to Friendship Feast kitchen manager Sarah Speakman, this is the first year to hold the brisket fundraiser.
"This is our first year and we are looking forward to making it a tradition," Spearman said. "What better way to enjoy a wonderful meal for an amazing cause.
"We serve about 350 meals weekly to those in need.
"We thank all our donors, volunteers and everyone for their support of the Friendship feast.
"Together we are touching lives and making friends one hot meal at a time."
Spearman added that Cargill made the donations of the brisket for the fundraiser.
If you have questions about this ministry, or would like to volunteer, please feel free to contact Speakman at 620-253-1953.