Welcome to the
Table Project

A volunteer, community-based response to hunger.

Welcome to the Table Project believes all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect no matter what their station in life. Nearly 120 residents benefit from Welcome to the Table weekly.

The Welcome to the Table Project was established in October 2017 and began serving in January 2018, when long-time resident and community advocate, Mrs. Marlene Banks wanted to address food insecurities in her community. The Welcome to the Table Project provides residents a hot meal with the compassion, dignity and respect they deserve.

10.2k

Meals distributed since 2018

100%

of donations go toward meals & distribution

To learn more about the Welcome to the Table Project, please click on the link to view the recent news story from KDKA: McKees Rocks Woman on Mission

Currently, the hot, “grab and go” meals are served every Wednesday from the cafeteria at the Sto-Rox High School. All are welcome. Mrs. Banks organized an exceptional team of volunteers that brought their time, talent and treasure to this endeavor and strongly believe “you don’t have to be homeless to be hungry”.

Since its inception in 2018, over 10,000 hot meals and 7,000 breakfast bags have been provided to individuals, families and students in the community. Originally, this amazing project began serving sit-down hot meals for 25-40 residents, however, the COVID-19 pandemic promptly changed the dynamic of this project from a sit-down to a grab-n-go. However, the number of residents currently being served has grown and is providing a hot meal to more than 100 residents weekly. It’s amazing!

While the Welcome to the Table Project is happy for the increase in the number of residents being served, the funds necessary to continue the project have slowly diminished. Although donations from the community, business owners and local churches have helped make the Welcome to the Table Project possible, the rise in food and supply costs have prompted all of the volunteers to donate more of their own funds to purchase the food and supplies necessary for this project to continue. Finding the funds to help support the Welcome to the Table Project has become a real challenge.

We are asking for donations to help the Welcome to the Table Project continue its important work in the Sto-Rox community. Your donation will help provide the food and supplies (containers, paper product, etc.) and allow the project to meet the increased demand. Donating to this project is crucial. We need to be able to continue to help fight hunger in this community, but we need your help!

Welcome to the Table would like to congratulate all the graduating students!

We had a special spaghetti dinner for the football teams.  Many thanks to Coach Brendan for distributing our special gifts to the senior players. We look forward to seeing what the future holds 💚💚💚  

We’d like to thank everyone that helped make this meal special; especially Big Ed, Ms Michele, and Doughboy’s Pizza!

We are celebrating Women’s History Month by honoring someone in our community each week this March!

March 5th – Chrissy

March 12th – Ms Donna

March 19th – Ms Tracey

March 26th

Ms Lauren Ferragonio

March 26th

Ms Trevia Dixson

McKees Rocks sHERO

Ms Adrienne Roberts

ALL are

Welcome to the Table…

Sit-Down Community Dinner

TUESDAYS 6:00pm

DOORS OPEN AT 5:30pm

VFW – 1242 Chartiers Ave, McKees Rocks PA 15136

Upcoming Events

Tuesday July 9th, 2024

Tuesday July 16th, 2024

Thursday July 25th, 2024

YES!  We said THURSDAY!

Come join the fun at the Sto-Rox JR/SR High Football Field

Wednesday August 7th, 2024

is McKees Rocks Community Night at PNC Park

Tuesday July 30th, 2024

Tuesday August 6th, 2024

Wednesday August 7th, 2024

For more information or to purchase tickets …

Saturday August 10th, 2024

Our Story

Welcome to The Table Project was founded in 2018 by Mrs. Marlene Banks. Her vision is to bring community together through serving weekly hot meals. This project provides free grab and go hot meals to individuals and families in McKees Rocks and Stowe Township every year. To date, more than 10,000 meals have been served since its inception in January 2018. 

The program’s cook and servers are members of Mrs. Bank’s family, including two of her grandsons. Other volunteers include a retired superintendent / former principal from the Sto-Rox School district, members of the McKees Rocks CDC, the Stowe Township Food Bank Director, and employees of Tri-state Office Furniture. Father Regis Ryan has been known to stop in and lead a blessing for the program and the food. Additional donations and financial support come from businesses and residents of Sto-Rox.

  • 2018 Meal distribution began at the Christ Community Church on Chartiers Avenue.
  • 2019 Meal distribution was moved to the VFW Post 418 on Chartiers Avenue, due to a water main break.
  • 2020 The Wednesday dinner program was put on hold, but Mrs. Banks and her passion made sure the community was still being served. Welcome to The Table provided 60 breakfast bags each week to the food banks of Stowe Township and McKees Rocks (30 to each food bank).
  • 2021 The Wednesday dinner was converted to a “Grab & Go” style distribution, and the breakfast bags supplement the free hot meal.
  • 2022 “Grab & Go” distribution was moved to the Sto-Rox High School Cafeteria.  Meals are distributed to the community as well as students participating in extracurricular activities.
  • 2023 – Present   Sit-down dinners are being served Tuesday evenings, starting at 6:00pm.  Location has changed to the VFW (1242 Chartiers Avenue, McKees Rocks, PA 15136)  Doors open at 5:30pm.  Join us for good food and good company!
  • 2024 – Present   NEW!  Overseen by Natalie and Ed Pierce, “AfterCare” provides dinners and snack bags (for up to 6 weeks) to families that have lost loved ones to gun violence.
  • Future plans include finding a permanent space to cook and distribute meals, and to grow the current organization to reach more members of the Sto-Rox community.

Executive Director & Founder

Mrs. Marlene Banks

Co-Founder

Edward G. Pierce 

 

Executive Board

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Chairperson

Diona Jones
Vice Chair

Kimberly Rogers
Secretary

Raymond Puskar
Treasurer

Board of Directors                                                                          Volunteer Committee              Board Advisors

Carma Hinton
Holly MacDonald
Nathaniel Mosley Sr
Edward G. Pierce Natalie Pierce

Donna Pollard
Larry Rodgers, Sr
Lori Sims
Anthony Skender
Linda Skender

Michelle Meloni-Arlott Theresa Clark
Darnell Jackson    Marce’ Mosley James
Ronald D. Stevenson

 

Rev. Dr. Brenda Gregg
Father Regis Ryan

How You Can Help

“The greatness of a community
is most accurately measured by
the compassionate actions
of its members.”

Coretta Scott King

Contact & Volunteer Information

Contact us:

Mrs. Marlene Banks
Executive Director & Founder

Welcome to the Table Project
PO Box 321
McKees Rocks, PA 15136
(412) 771-6818
info@WELCOMETOTHETABLEPROJECT.org