(From the W&I Insider, Your Neck of the Woods, December 14, 2012)
Several MOS members joined other volunteers at this downtown Atlanta church to make sandwiches, set up tables, cook food and clean dishes. They were met at the door by HCO employee Ken Douberly who is a member of this parish and oversees the running of St. Francis Table. He is also a Vietnam veteran.
Peter Melton, another MOS member who joined the volunteers, commented, “I was reminded that many of those around me have not had the same good fortune I have had. It was an honor to serve them. It was also fun working with the other volunteers, even if it was 7:30 on a Saturday morning.” Gail echoed those comments, when she said, “You can find me at St. Francis Table most Saturday mornings. I receive so much more than I give. For me, this is a labor of love."
St. Francis Table currently feeds more than 550 people every Saturday. The only requirement for feeding the people is that they are hungry. Several local organizations including other parishes, religious denominations, colleges, high schools and companies participate in preparing the food.
The St. Francis Table began operation nearly 30 years ago in response to the need to provide food for the hungry on Saturday. Back then, while various churches offered food during the week, there was no food program running on Saturday.