Every Tuesday afternoon the Cathedral of St. John on North Main Street opens its doors and becomes the City Meal Site. Head chef Alane Spinney (seen here with sous chef Eddie) estimated that they were serving dinner to about 150 to 160 people today. Students from Johnson & Wales also volunteer their time. Tonight’s menu: swedish meatballs on egg noodles, salad, corn, dessert and a beverage. Spinney has seen this year’s numbers rise by about 50 people each week compared to last year at the same time. Grants from the AMICA Foundation, the United Way and the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island help keep the operation running, as does a shadowy group identified by Spinney as a “group of drunk golfers” from a certain area country club who always seem to come through when needed. In fact, they will be springing for the roast beef dinner on the Tuesday before Christmas. (You can donate too. Make check out to ‘City Meal Site’ and mail in care of the Cathedral of St. John, 271 North Main, Providence, RI, 02903.)
City Meal Site, 4pm to 5pm, Tuesdays, Cathedral of St. John, 271 North Main Street
The cathedral itself is in need of a friend — made the PPS list of ‘ Ten Most Endangered Properties’ again this year.