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The Friends in the Desert Foundation is a charitable organization which serves hot meals to homeless or otherwise needy individuals six days a week in the kitchen and parish hall of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church located in downtown Henderson. Sack lunches are prepared and offered on days that hot meals are not served.

It all started informally with a few members of St. Timothy’s feeding a few hungry people in the kitchen, but grew rapidly as the word spread. As it grew, the need for a more formal, more widely supported organization became apparent. It was incorporated as an IRS Code 501 (c) (3) foundation in 1998.

For several years, many faith and other groups, including individuals, families, Girl Scout & Boy Scout Troops, High School & Junior High students, area service organizations and even Firemen volunteered to cook and serve dinners to our guests.

Fortunately the volunteers and volunteer organizations making a difference through Friends have continued to grow.

In the fourth quarter of 2010 alone, 36 different congregations or groups prepared and served a total of 5,466 hot meals over 78 days. Also during the 4th quarter of 2010, 939 sack lunches were served over 13 days.

Some volunteer groups serve weekly, some monthly, and some regularly but send a different crew each time. Our trustees and officers are drawn from several backgrounds and denominations.

We try to serve “the least of these, our brothers” with a dignity that they otherwise don’t see. We provide seated meals for an average of 72 persons a day, 6 days per week. We also provide food for those days we are “dark” in the kitchen.

Our stated goal is that “Nobody should go hungry in a modern city in the USA.”

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