A Place at the Table

Photo: A Place at the Table workers

A Place at the Table (APATT), founded in 1983 to serve our neighbors, provides a hot lunch on Sundays when most social service organizations are closed. The program relies on volunteer servers from Trinity and other congregations and organizations.

For many of downtown Cleveland’s homeless and hungry, Trinity’s Sunday hot meal is the only nutrition they’ll receive that day. For more than 30 years without fail, APATT has provided a “no questions asked” nutritious meal in a warm, welcoming space. Over the years, APATT has sometimes been the only downtown Sunday meal site with the next closest option a 5-mile walk away. Last year, APATT provided almost 9,000 meals over 52 Sundays to 100-200 hungry Clevelanders.

To better meet the needs of our less fortunate neighbors and increase the impact of our service, Trinity turned to a community partner—Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries (LMM). Trinity’s partnership with LMM began in early 2014, using its Central Kitchen program. Central Kitchen is a social enterprise program that provides food service job training and re-entry employment for about 50 recently-released convicts. Central Kitchen uses produce from Trinity’s urban farm and prepares “A Place at the Table” weekly meals that Trinity volunteers help serve.

To learn more about this hunger ministry or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Trinity member Lawrence Edem or staff member Ginger Bitikofer.