Our weekly Wednesday community dinner, “Dinner at the Bell”, received its name because our guests line up by our old church bell on Rockefeller Ave. The dinners began back in April 2003, with a goal of serving a full dinner once a month to anyone in our community in need. We served 34 people on the first night we opened for Dinner at the Bell. Dinner at the Bell attendance is now nearly 170 a week. We have served as many as 250 in one week.
Several groups and individuals have volunteered their time and talents to feed the economically challenged in our community, by preparing and serving these weekly meals. On the 4th Wednesday of every month "Toiletries for Dignity" provides full size toiletries, household cleaning products, sanitary feminine products, paper goods and socks.
During winter hand warmers, blankets and coats are available to those who need them and during summer sunscreen and insect repellent are frequently requested. Showers to the People, founded by Frank and Louise Fargo, parks a shower trailer in our alley parking lot to provide our dinner guests with an opportunity to shower. The shower trailer has two full size showers, each equipped with an instant hot heating system to ensure hot water for all showers. All who shower, are provided towels, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, underwear, socks and a t-shirt. Other essential items provided include blankets, sleeping bags, tents, tarps, jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters, jeans, sweatpants, leggings, thermal underwear, jeans, hats, gloves, scarves, umbrellas, and toiletries of all sizes. A mobile laundry service is part of the service now provided. The House Church of Snohomish brings a truck with washers and dryers and launders our guest clothes while they enjoy their meal.
If you or your group would like to volunteer or learn more about how you might help with Dinner at the Bell and its related ministries, please e-mail Jay Kuhnhenn