St. Andrew’s Community Café
FREE DINNER EVERY THURSDAY
5:00 – 7:00 pm
All are welcome!
Donations accepted, but not expected
208 W Foster Avenue, State College
Contact: Executive Director Ron Rovansek
Since March 2009, we have served dinner every Thursday to anyone and everyone who comes through the door. The meal is free, everyone is welcome, and donations are accepted, but they are not expected. We have grown from a simple soup and bread offering, to a hearty meal that includes one or more entree selections, multiple sides, soup, salads, bread, vegan choices, and an overwhelming dessert buffet. In addition to the hot meal served, we have a large take-home table with baked goods and produce donated by local stores Trader Joe’s and Wegman’s, from which patrons are welcome to shop at no charge.
Working at the Community Café is more than an opportunity to volunteer; it’s an opportunity to break bread together, to help those in need — whether they’re in need of a hot meal or fellowship — and to support this growing ministry.
We are always looking for additional volunteers. Some of the ways parishioners and community members serve include:
Cooking Staff – These volunteers come in between the hours of 10:00 and 5:00 on Thursdays to plan and prepare a menu using the grocery items donated from Trader Joe’s and Wegman’s each week. Cooks can work every Thursday, or only occasionally; whatever fits their schedule is ok. Cooking experience is a plus, but is not required.
Soup Makers – These volunteers are scheduled approximately once per month to plan and prepare a large pot of soup on Thursday.
Serve and Clean Up Teams – These volunteers work on a team of about 8 people, and serve approximately once each month. They arrive between 4:00 and 5:00 on Thursday and stay until everything is cleaned up, usually around 8:00. Team members are expected to pitch in wherever is needed to serve dinner, wash dishes, replenish beverages, clean tables and more.
Grocery Donations Team– These volunteers are in charge of picking up, delivering and sorting the large amount of donations that we get from local grocery stores each week. Volunteers are needed to pick up, drive, unpack and sort groceries each week on Wednesday mornings at 11:00 and Thursday mornings from approximately 9:30 until 11:00.
If you would like to join our team of Community Café volunteers, please contact Ron Rovansek to find out how you can help.
*** Café volunteers can view the upcoming schedule and trade document here. ***
Thursday, November 28, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
On Thanksgiving Day we serve dinner at an earlier time and invite everyone in the community to join us for a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, and more!
To get us started, we are requesting donations of turkeys and pies. Turkeys will be cooked the Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving, so be sure to thaw it yourself or give us time to thaw it. You may place your turkeys in the freezer in the Canterbury Hall kitchen prior to Monday, November 25, and afterward in the refrigerators. Pies can be dropped off the week of Thanksgiving. They can be placed on the counter or if they need refrigeration, there will be room reserved in the refrigerators.
Board of Directors
Our 2019 Board of Directors consists of five long-term Café volunteers, Amy Allison, Daniel/Melanie Foster, Ted Jaenicke, Julie Kwasnica and Dennis Shea, plus Café Executive Director Ron Rovansek and St. Andrew’s Rector Jeffrey Packard. These Board members are charged with overseeing the continued success of the Community Café. Any questions about the Board can be directed to 2019 Chairperson Dennis Shea.
You can read the Bylaws of the Community Café here.
You can view the minutes from recent Community Café Board meetings here.