Supper Club

Provides a place of welcome and a healthy evening meal five days a week for anyone of any age.

The Supper Club provides an evening meal for 120-180 adults and children Monday-Friday and 60-70 adults and children on Saturday. Many of the guests at the meal are among the growing number of the working poor. The meal is provided by local congregations, service clubs, and faithful volunteers. Opening at 4:30 p.m. Mon-Sat. The meal is served from 4:45-5:30 pm.

Supper Club Day

Group arrives with meal: 4:00 p.m. It will take 6-10 volunteers to set-up, serve and clean-up depending on the number of items to serve.
Volunteers sign in: Print your names on the group sign-in sheet and check the correct date box then make yourself a name tag. (The sign-in information is important for grant reporting to secure funds to sustain CFUM programs.) Finally wash hands where directed to wash.
Supper Club opens: 4:30 p.m. Guests come into the building.
Serving begins: 4:45 p.m. Supper Club staff person will give directions about portion size and serving.
Serving ends, leftovers sent home (if available): 5:30 p.m. Food leaves the dining room in closed plastic containers only.
Clean-up ends (your group is vital to accomplishing this task): 6:00 -6:15 p.m.
Clean-up involves sweeping, wiping tables and chairs, cleaning counters, gathering pans and dishes to take home.

Meal Request & Expectations

CFUM Supper Club guest surveys show our guests have documented health issues which can be controlled by diet, such as diabetes, obesity, and heart conditions. Fruits, vegetables, and desserts are important considerations while planning your menu along with serving sizes. Surveys also express a great appreciation for the quality and hospitality of meals served.

We ask your group to provide a healthy menu of your choice using this guideline:

  • 1 main dish – protein source
  • 1 or more side dishes – vegetables and fruits
  • 1 starch or carbohydrate
  • Optional – Dessert

Examples of main dishes are:

Beef, pork, chicken – Barbeque, enchiladas, stir-fry, casseroles, or meatloaf
Tuna or other fish, hot or in salads
Hot or Cold Sandwiches
Beans and rice
Stews or Chili or hearty soups

Examples of side dishes are:

Green Salad, Slaws, Cut up veggies
Frozen or canned vegetables
Fresh fruit
Canned fruit, applesauce

Examples of desserts are:

Fresh fruit
Frozen fruit bars
Canned fruit
Fruit cobbler
Pudding, Tapioca, Rice Pudding
Yogurt or Frozen Yogurt
Pie, Cake with or without icing

Average Number of Guests

Monday through Friday: 110-150 adults and children
CFUM staff will email your group the week before you serve to give you an indication of how many people we are currently serving.

Children and Family Urban Movement (CFUM) Provides

Paper products, silverware, beverages of coffee, tea, juice, and if possible, milk.
CFUM appreciates if your group is able to bring milk and/or juice because it is difficult to keep enough on hand.

Location of Supper Club

1548 8th Street, Des Moines, IA 50311 (Inside the Trinity United Methodist Church building on the corner of 8th & College)

Schedule and Snow Policy

Supper Club is offered 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year. There are holidays we are not open: Christmas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Memorial Day.
If Des Moines Public Schools are closed due to weather, there will be no Supper Club. In the event that your group is unable to make it due to driving conditions, please use the contact information below to notify someone as soon as possible.

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