PEACE MEALS A Franciscan Hospitality Service


Chicken_Noodle_Soup_(8521842725)From Brother Thomas Zerafa OFM.Conv.

Allow me to introduce to you a new concept in meal service for those who otherwise cannot afford to pay full price for a restaurant experience. I am inaugurating a program called ‘Peace Meals’ which will kick off on Wednesday, January 27th and will be served on each 4th Wednesday of the month through June of 2016.

The idea that folks can experience a meal where they will be greeted and seated by a host, waited on, presented choices and served by volunteer staff (rather than stand in a traditional soup kitchen line) allows our guests a dignity not available in most metro-area programs. Menus will be printed each month with limited choices that are healthy, balanced and nutritious. All food will be prepared on site.

There will be no minimum charge for these meals. Guests will be asked to pay only what they can afford. It is our hope that some guests will contribute generously to help support this mission.

I am asking your support for the Peace Meal program to make this a successful project. There are several ways you, your business or institution can help.

  1. If you are a Vendor, surplus food product to use at one of our meals (Sample Menus are listed below)
  2. Guest chefs are welcome to plan a menu and invited to prepare and execute such at our site.
  3. Volunteers are needed to help as waiters, hosts, floor managers, washers, bus-folks, security, prep cooks. Your time and experience will be greatly appreciated. Volunteers can be from local colleges and high schools. (Service credits can be sent to school counselors)
  4. Donations of Plates, Hot/cold cups, tableware, napkins, produce, fruit, beverages, (coffee, tea, milk and juices only) Soup and salad bowls. Dressings, bread, butter and crackers.
  5. Monetary donations of any amount always welcome. Checks should be made out to “St. John the Baptist Catholic Church” with” PEACE MEALS” written in the memo line.All donations are tax-deductible.

The Peace Meal program will be housed at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, (Romanian Byzantine Rite) located at 2371 Woodstock Dr. (corner of Woodward Ave) in Detroit. The church is located one block S. or Eight Mile Rd. Zip Code is 48203.

In the name of all those who will benefit from this meal service, I want to thank you in advance for your interest and generosity.  God’s generosity is never outdone by human effort. We do this work in response to the gifts we have been given to share with others.  In the name of our guests, I thank you and ask God’s blessing on you during this New Year!

Inquiries about donations and volunteers can be made to

Brother Thomas Zerafa OFM.Conv.

24320 Seneca St. Oak Park MI 48234


e-mail at:

Proposed Menu for January 27th

Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Tomato Soup, side salad, fresh fruit cup, dessert

Beef Chili, side salad, Bread or crackers, fresh fruit cup, dessert.

Proposed Menu for February 24th

Chicken Noodle Soup, Spaghetti or Mostaccioli (meat or marinara sauce)

Bread/butter/side salad/ fruit cup/jello/ dessert

Proposed Menu for March 23rd

Lentil Soup, side salad/ bread and butter/fruit cup

Chicken Lemon Rice Soup/ Vegetarian Stew/ dessert

Proposed Menu for April 27th

Canadian Style French Toast/ Side Salad/fresh fruit

Egg/Cheese sausage strata/ side sausage option/dessert

Proposed Menus for May 23rd and June 22nd

                          To be determined

photo: By Cajsa Lilliehook from Portland (Chicken Noodle Soup) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons