Dumfries North West Church – Free Meals Project

Free Meals Project
The Free Meals Project offers a free, hot, vegetarian, whole-food meal, lunch-time and evening, Monday to Saturday and a food-parcel is available to anyone who needs it on a Sunday. The Free Meals Project runs 52 weeks a year including Christmas and New Year. The ‘Family Meals Project’ is integrated into it too. Parents are welcome to bring their children. We are responding to a very real need in the community.

This project is unique in the area, not simply because of the number of meals it offers but because it is driven by a theological imperative which comes from Matthew 25,

‘I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’

We do not evangelise or see the Free Meals Project as an outreach opportunity. We have come to understand it as sacramental. The sharing of real food sanctifies what we do symbolically in worship. This is not faith in practice. This is faith as practice.

It is expensive to run this project. While we are very grateful to the NHS, Dumfries and Galloway Housing Project and to many other organisations and individuals for financial support, the project is independent. No-one receives a salary. It runs at a very significant cost to Dumfries Northwest Church and we depend entirely upon those within and outside of the congregation to offer financial support. A donation of as little as £10.00 will enable us to do so much for people in the community.

You can donate by sending cheques to

Dumfries Northwest Church Office
Free Meals Project
Lochside Road

or online.

Please note that a donation to the Free Meals Project will only be used in the Free Meals Project. Your donation will not be used to finance other areas of the Church’s work.


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