Can you imagine trying to serve dinner without a kitchen and dining area?

Twice each week, scores of volunteers prepare, load, move, and unload set up and serve hot meals for over 200 in a warehouse facility that was never designed for that purpose.

Still, nourishing our community happens at The Banquet West each week.

In Sioux Falls, The Banquet’s non-profit feeding ministry Central location provides hot, prepared meals for its guests 11 times each week. In addition, since 2014, two meals a week are served at The Banquet West location on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from rented space at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds to help meet a need for people who struggle to get to the Central location. In fact, 15, 847 meals were served at The Banquet West location last year despite NO cooking facilities, NO food storage, and NO preparation space. But that temporary location soon will be moved to a newly constructed building that will serve the needs of people living in the northwest part of our city.

The Banquet has received an incredible donation of land from the Delbridge family, and the new building will be constructed on the northeast corner of Marion Road and 5th Street. This location will provide for families close to Hayward Elementary school, where working families are struggling to provide food for their own. The Banquet West will have a simple 7,000 square foot building that will house a dining room, kitchen, indoor waiting area, and restrooms.

While the new location is a wonderful answer to prayer, those kitchen and dining areas need to be stocked with cookware, serving pieces, dishes, silverware, tables, chairs, appliances, and a huge list of items. From forks to storage shelves, The Banquet West will need everything! That is why during August, Life 96.5 is hosting a New Kitchen Shower for The Banquet West.

As a community, we have a unique opportunity to come together, to step up and bless The Banquet West as they set up their new kitchen and dining room needs.

If you have ever volunteered with The Banquet, you know the heart of the ministry relies on donations. When we come together as churches, small groups, families, and local businesses, we can make a difference!

How can we help? Glad you asked! The Banquet West New Kitchen Shower has a GIFT REGISTRY set up at Maxwell Food Equipment in Sioux Falls!

One time purchases for the New Kitchen Shower will help provide things like:

  • 500 forks, spoons, and knives
  • 200 serving trays
  • A milk cooler
  • An ice maker
  • A beverage station with coffee pots and pitchers
  • Pots, pans, serving supplies
  • 200 dining room chairs
  • Aprons

Would you consider helping stock the new kitchen at The Banquet West this month? To get started and view the New Kitchen Shower Registry, click HERE. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus!

Volunteers are needed year ‘round to serve at The Banquet and The Banquet West. Learn more HERE. View the Gift Registry HERE.

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