Sarah Speakman makes generosity easy for Dodge City residents. Each workday she fills every single hungry belly at her table at the Friendship Feast at the First Presbyterian Church, 803 Central Ave.

Speakman prepares and serves over 1,500 meals per month free of charge, but she said the nonprofit's funds are running low.

On Saturday, July 13, she wants to ensure everyone can have their barbecue and eat it, too, at the third annual Friendship Feast fundraiser at Walmart.

Smoked Out BBQ pitmaster Ryan Hamilton will be on site smoking meat for sale between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the south side of the building. For $7, donors will receive a plate of award-winning smoked meat, a bag of chips, three cookies and a drink. Shoppers can grab it and go or eat there, she said.

There will also be a raffle for, among other things, a $300 Walmart gift certificate. Winners will be announced Aug. 30.

The proceeds from one meal at the fundraiser will provide two meals for Dodge City's most vulnerable residents, she said.

The Friendship Feast is the only free and nutritious hot meal service in town.

Of the meals she serves each month, more than 150 go to children. It is an event that exemplifies the 14-year-old association's motto: "Touching lives and making friends one hot meal at a time."

Friendship Feasts are served at the First Presbyterian Church from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Anyone who is interested in making tax-deductible donations can mail them to P.O. Box 1075, Dodge City, KS 67801.

For more information, go to Facebook @FriendshipFeastAssociation.


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