Mission and History
Friday Night Supper Program was cofounded by the Arlington Street Church and Dignity Boston in 1984. The two organizations continue to cosponsor the program, which provides meals to anyone in need every Friday night from 5pm to 7pm.
People of many faiths and some of no faith volunteer at the program, as do people of different lifestyles. Our assessment of volunteers is based on the quality of work they are willing to bring to the program. We welcome people to our volunteer corps who come to work, to help assure that the 250 people who come for a meal will receive that meal in a safe, dignified and respectable environment.
Friday Night Supper is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. The program exists from contributions from individuals and grants from corporations and foundations, as well as major support from Project Bread/Walk for Hunger. The program is fortunate to have access to the Greater Boston Food Bank.
Both cofounding organizations, the Arlington Street Church and Dignity Boston, provide funding and volunteers to Friday Night Supper. Arlington Street Church also provides free space and utilities to the program.
Board members are volunteers who have shown a steady commitment to the program by volunteering on Friday nights. Each board member plays a major role in the administration of the program.
Sponsor A Meal
In this past year the Friday Night Supper Program has seen the cost for a weekly meal go up thirty percent from $900 to $1,200. You can sponsor a meal by donating funds to assist with costs or by donating bulk food items. You can also sponsor and cook an entire meal; or sponsor soup and dessert for one meal and volunteer during dinner service. Visit their Web site to learn how you can sponsor a meal.