The Community Banquet is a free meal offered at St. James church in Menomonee Falls at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month by a collaboration of community churches.
In 2009 approximately 2,730 people were served delicious, nutritional meals by 345 friendly volunteers at an average cost of $1.14 per meal in a warm & welcoming setting. What more could anyone ask for in terms of a successful ministry?
Yet, beyond these obvious numerical outcomes, the intangible ones probably are more important and even more rewarding. Neighbors chat, share joys and sorrows. Folks whose food budget doesn’t quite make it to the end of the month are welcomed. ECUMC volunteers handle set-up and desserts, clean-up or cooking on a rotation about 8 times each year.