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History

The Friday Night Supper Program (The FNSP) was co-founded in 1984 by Arlington Street Church, a Unitarian Universalist congregation, and Dignity Boston, a congregation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans-gendered Catholics. Arlington Street Church donates space and utilities for the program and Dignity Boston continues to show their support by providing volunteers. The FNSP has been an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation since 1994. The FNSP benefits from strong, long-term relationships with other hunger-relief organizations, including The Greater Boston Food Bank and Project Bread. The FNSP is also supported by partnerships with First Church in Boston and Old South Church in Boston.

The Friday Night Supper Program is a long-time member of the network of organizations that make up our community’s continuum of emergency food services for people who are homeless and on extremely low income. Our dedicated team of volunteers serve approximately 150 meals every Friday evening. As one of our long-time volunteers proudly stated to a new recruit, “nobody has to go hungry in Boston.”

Each guest is served a nutritious three course meal consisting of soup, dinner and dessert at their table by our courteous volunteer servers. The consistency of service and thoughtful attention to detail, along with the overall nutritional value of our meals, served in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, provides a sense of security, abundance and choice to members of the community who have limited access to these very basic essentials.

Our Guest Clothing Closet provides clothing, shoes, toiletries and other essential items to our guests following meal service. Guest survey responses consistently report continued satisfaction with the quality of our meal and an appreciation for the sense of community our guests find at the FNSP. We also provide a meaningful and rewarding experience for hundreds of volunteers every year.

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