Faith Cafe had its beginnings at a Social Justice retreat of Beaverton Vicariate Catholic Churches (Holy Trinity, St. Cecelia, St. John Fisher, St. Juan Diego, St. Pius X) that was held in May of 2004. The day was spent discerning problems our parishes could not solve individually, but together could begin to tackle. That day we identified four topics, hunger being one of them. With the help of the Oregon Food Bank staff we decided that a “hot meal site” would have the most impact. By December of 2005 the Beaverton First United Methodist Church had agreed to host our dinners and the first meal was served April 17, 2005. In 2009 members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church suggested a Saturday lunch program, that now also serves free “summer lunches “ at elementary school sites. In 2012, having surpassed the fire marshal’s suggested limit, the Faith Cafe evening dinners moved two blocks to the Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ Church site. We have become an ecumenical group of ten churches and over 600 volunteers that prepare and serve a Saturday lunch, and dinners on Sunday and the last Thursday of the month. Anyone who comes to our door is greeted with respect and served a nutritious, free hot meal.
“Faith Cafe is a partnership of faith communities who, in love and justice, are dedicated to serving our neighbors in Washington County who are hungry for food and community. We accomplish this by offering a free meal,shared as a family, and advocating for long-term social changes that reduce poverty and hunger.”
How to Get Involved
The Sunday dinners are served by seven volunteer groups, one of them being the St. Juan Diego team. Catherine Moore, our St. Juan Diego volunteer coordinator, contacts this group two weeks in advance of the service date. Please visit the Faith Cafe website www.faithcafeor.org for dates and more information or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and put Faith Café in the subject line.