Dining Room Ministry

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a
stranger and you welcomed me.
Matthew 25:35

Whether you are experiencing want or plenty, God is calling each of us to serve. Dining Room Ministry (DRM) has been serving a warm, nutritious and delicious meal each Saturday at 11:30 a.m. since 1991, for guests from our Rochester community. Here is a way to respond to God’s calling and serve with and for our neighbors.

  • About
  • Volunteer
  • FAQ
  • Team Schedule
  • Contacts
  • History

About Dining Room Ministry

Teams of volunteers, backed by meal planners and shoppers, provide meals on a rotating schedule. We serve over 3,000 meals per year to people of all ages. Our guests are economically diverse, from those who are homeless to those living on low or fixed incomes. Meal planners and shoppers make sure that all food, whether brought from store or garden or bulk order, is available in the kitchen each Saturday morning. DRM teams prepare, cook, serve and clean-up for each meal.

How to Volunteer

All are welcome to volunteer with DRM. We have ten teams of 10-12 volunteers each. Each team has a leader who coordinates team membership and activity. We also have volunteers who plan and shop for the meals. The planners determine what items must be purchased for the meal, and prepare a list for the shoppers, who obtain these items and make them available for use for the Saturday meal. Team schedules are set over a year in advance so people can plan ahead. Most volunteers are church members, but all are welcome to join a team. Families are welcome to volunteer with us. This is also a great opportunity for high school students, scout troops, or other youth organizations to fulfill community service requirements. Volunteer orientation and training is available for those who are new to Dining Room Ministry.

We are always in search of volunteers to join our ministry. Contact us for more information or to sign up for a volunteer opportunity! Contact any of the DRM Coordinators. Click here [CLICK]

Dining Room Ministry - FAQ

Q: Do I have to join a DRM team to volunteer?

A: No, you can volunteer just once or on special holidays. Just contact one of the DRM Coordinators to set up a time.

Q: How often do DRM teams work during the year?

A: There are 10 DRM teams and each works every 10 weeks, about 5 times per year. An annual schedule is published each year and indicates when each team is assigned to work.

Q: What is the time commitment required for each Saturday meal?

A: Volunteers arrive around 10:00 a.m. and depart around 1:00 p.m. each Saturday. Special meals or special holidays may alter this time a bit, but meals are always served at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Q: How long do people serve on DRM teams?

A: Some people have been serving on a DRM team since the beginning of our program in 1991. Others have just recently joined. We usually ask people to plan on serving for at least a year and they usually stay a lot longer. You can serve as long as you want.

Q: What if I have a conflict and can’t serve with my team on a scheduled date?

A: You can work with your team leader to find a substitute. We have a list of reliable subs who can replace you. Some team members contact friends from other teams to swap with them. There are lots of ways to find a sub.

Q: What tasks are involved to prepare a DRM meal?

A: Volunteer tasks may include: setting tables, preparing salads and vegetables, cooking, making coffee, serving meals to our guests, washing dishes, pots and pans, cleaning tables in the dining area and kitchen, putting things away. Every team has experienced volunteers and leaders who will provide direction for new members of the team. For many of us the highlight is interacting with our guests and welcoming them into our community. There is a lot to do and lots of fun to be had!

Q: How are the planners and shoppers scheduled?

A: Currently, our planners and shoppers work on a rotation, serving 1-month periods, 3 times a year. Yearly schedules are created based on availability of our volunteers. Some of our volunteers have elected to do both the planning and shopping.

Q: Where can I get more information about DRM?

A: Contact any of the DRM Coordinators. Click here [CLICK]

Dining Room Ministry Team Schedule

Team schedules are published in March and are set for a year from July 1 through June 30. Each DRM team knows in advance when their team will work for the year. Sometimes conflicts arise and team members can work with their team leaders to find substitutes when they are absent. We serve a hot meal every Saturday of the year including holidays. Meal planners and shoppers follow the team schedule as well and plan well in advance for meal preparation. A copy of the DRM team and meal schedule for the year can be found by clicking below.

Dining Room Ministry - Contact Information

Robb and Nancy Adams: DRM Co-chairs – coordination of DRM teams

Phil and Beth Tschorke: DRM Co-chairs – coordination of planners, shoppers and bulk food

Rev. Lynette Sparks: Associate Pastor at Third Presbyterian Church
(585)271-6513 ext 106

History of DRM

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