Every Sunday morning at 7:30am, volunteers at First Church Seattle join the hungry folks of the city to share food and conversation. Volunteers do all the grocery shopping, planning, prep and setup of the food and space so that the hundreds of men, women and children who line up outside the church can feel welcomed to a hot meal and friendly faces.
Shared Breakfast, a First Church tradition since 1999, is draws an early crowd on Sunday mornings. When the doors open, a meal of scrambled eggs, sausage, gravy, biscuits and cereal will be served by volunteers at tables that fill their Fellowship Hall.
There are familiar faces. More new ones. Some arrive in wheelchairs, some supported by a cane. Still others carry life’s belongings in a large backpack. This is a spectrum of society that simply can’t make the ends meet. There are the unemployed and the homeless, those with physical or mental disabilities, the addicted and the estranged. Those who just didn't have enough to make the next paycheck.
Poverty today has many faces, and ministries like Shared Breakfast attempt to provide a hot meal, a friendly face and a place to belong, even if it's just once a week.