Mt. Calvary Community Supper of Acton

Mt. Calvary Community Supper of Acton Every Wednesday between 4:00 - 5:00 PM we serve a homemade, hot supper "to go" in the parking lot behind Fellowship Hall of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church located at 472 Massachusetts Avenue, Acton, MA.

All are welcome! Remember to wear your mask! We are the only active community supper in Acton. Though the location and name of community supper has changed through the years, and there was a year it did not operate, the mission has remained the same - to alleviate food insecurity and social isolation. Since 2012 we have served approximately 35,000 meals. We have been supported and joined by regular meal sponsors who range from private individuals to elected officials and community organizations. Mt. Calvary Community Supper would not be possible without the 140+ rotating volunteers who pick up food, set out outside tents and tables, cook, serve and clean up. Our leadership team is also all volunteer. Our volunteer community is remarkable and we welcome new faces! We are thankful for all who make supper possible every week as well as the wonderful kitchen and space provided by the church. We welcome anyone who wishes to enjoy of a nutritious meal and experience a sense of belonging in a place where all are treated with respect and dignity. Supper is distributed every Wednesday evening from 5PM to 6PM in the driveway of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church of Acton. Please, follow the direction of the traffic control volunteer to line up your car as directed. PLEASE WEAR A MASK AS ALL TIMES AS YOU ENTER THE DRIVEWAY AND UNTIL YOU EXIT. We are dedicated to welcoming all in need of a nutritious meal and a sense of belonging and treat each guest with respect and dignity. All are welcome every Wednesday evening.Church.

Mission: Mt. Calvary Community Supper of Acton strives to alleviate food insecurity and social isolation for our neighbors in need of a nutritious meal and sense of belonging.

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Wednesday November 18th was a sad and joyous day at Mt. Calvary community Supper. It was our Thanksgiving Supper and our...
11/20/2020

Wednesday November 18th was a sad and joyous day at Mt. Calvary community Supper. It was our Thanksgiving Supper and our farewell to our Chairman Mike Tobia whose passion to take care of those in need of food and friendship was unyielding. The night was sponsored by Tom Lowe, a long time partner who always answered Mike's need for turkeys. Knowing we would be making 250 meals, we needed multiple sights to pull this together. 24 turkeys were cooked at Tom's Meat Market in Northborough, while Rhett and her husband cooked the stuffing and carrots at Acton Congregational Church. 26 pumpkin pies were cooked in the homes of Deb, Liz, Sandra, Sian, Tricia, Janis and Pattie. In side Mt. Calvary, 4 more teams carved, cooked, portioned and packaged all the meals. It was quite an orchestration to be seen.
At 3:30pm, volunteers who were not on duty this week, along with friends, partners of our Supper, and the guests who were lined up in their cars bundled up and joined us for a memorial service for Mike. Pastor Eric Sahlberg and Jack Brophy spoke of the strength of Mike throughout his years of battling cancer. Words were shared from Pastor Tim Knapp who had recently retired. They all joked about Mike's endless texting messages at 3:30am to make certain all was going well even though he could not be with us. Mike was such a kind and caring man who needed to make 110% sure everyone was being taken care of. Throughout his final months of increasing challenges, Mike was always so grateful to live for another Wednesday. Mike passed away on Thursday the 12th but we are certain he was still able to be with us in spirit this Wednesday. Whatever the weather may bring us, we will all be here to provide for our neighbors so that Mike's Supper will continue.

What a special tribute from Karen Collins. Thank you for sharing with all of us, Karen. You have always been so generous...
11/15/2020
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What a special tribute from Karen Collins. Thank you for sharing with all of us, Karen. You have always been so generous with the hundreds of delectable sweets you have prepared for our guests.

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Hello friends. Once again, it’s been a while. I hope you are healthy and well. I had plans to write about Thanksgiving, gratitude, silver linings and pies. An encouraging message during trying times. And then, I found out that a truly special person passed away. My heart broke, I lost my breath, a...

Words cannot express the profound sadness that we all feel at the passing of our Chairman Mike Tobia this past Thursday....
11/15/2020

Words cannot express the profound sadness that we all feel at the passing of our Chairman Mike Tobia this past Thursday. After a long battle with cancer, he now is a peace and most certainly singing with the angels. As our founder, leader and mentor, Mike was loved by all and will never leave our hearts. Though we cannot have a proper memorial supper at this time, we will do so as COVID restrictions permit in the future. For now we send our love and hugs remotely to his wife Jill and entire family. We also make this promise to always continue on with Mike's mission to help alleviate food insecurity and social isolation in our communities. To Mike who looks down from above, Supper will never be the same without you but we will dedicate ourselves to your everlasting passion. Your spirit will always be alive at Supper.

What a lovely  night to honor the memory of Anna Venuto who passed away in June of COVID and celebrate the dedication of...
11/12/2020

What a lovely night to honor the memory of Anna Venuto who passed away in June of COVID and celebrate the dedication of Francis Venuto who is a 91 year old Korean War Veteran. The Venuto Family sponsored our Supper last night to recognize both of their beloved parents. Their daughter Lou Ann Hopkins joined us to pass out boxes of chocolate to all of our guests and volunteers who served our Nation. During these challenging times, it was delightful to see smiles on the faces of all of our Veterans as they received their gift and our thanks.

As has been said before, it takes so many to prepare, package and serve 200 meals each Wednesday. We are so fortunate to have passionate volunteers who come in each week to ensure all our guests are treated with love and respect as they roll on thru our Supper. Thank you to all of our teams as they bring a warm meal and friendship to our neighbors.

11/07/2020
At Mt Calvary Community Supper we strive to ensure all guests are welcomed like family. We greet them with smiles and al...
11/07/2020

At Mt Calvary Community Supper we strive to ensure all guests are welcomed like family. We greet them with smiles and always want them to know that no matter what is going on in the world around us, Supper is a place for peace and friendship. This Wednesday we were honored to have Senator Jamie Eldridge, Representative Dan Sena, and Representative Tami Gouveia sponsor and distribute our Supper. Though volunteers and guests alike expressed the stress they were feeling from the election night before, our wonderful Dinner Manager, LaNette pronounced, "We leave all stress at the door. There is only happiness and joy here."

As our Senator and Representatives witnessed, each volunteer who cooks, assembles and packages the 200 meals does so with with love for our guests. Though we are no longer inside at a sit down dinner, we continue to express our pleasure at seeing the cars line up with familiar and new faces. Though guests stay in their cars, they shout over to another to greet a fellow guest. When they pulled up to receive their meal, our littlest volunteer, Juliana brought smiles as she handed out our Cumbies treats. That, moment was such a highlights for those who had spent the entire day inside their apartments due to COVID.

To Senator Eldridge, Representative Sena, and Representative Gouveia, thank you so much for your continued support. It is through your partnership that Mt. Calvary Community Supper is able to help alleviate food insecurity and social isolation in our communities.

As said by LaNette, "For the one hour of handing out meals, everyone forgot everything else that was happening in the world. Everyone just enjoyed one another's company. There were happy, grateful, thankful smiles all around. (Especially for our Viet Nam veteran, Dave who celebrated his birthday with us.) There IS a lot of joy and happiness at or Supper!!"

Oh so cold and dreary last night but oh so wonderful to have Blackbird Cafe of Acton provide us with an awesome main cou...
10/29/2020

Oh so cold and dreary last night but oh so wonderful to have Blackbird Cafe of Acton provide us with an awesome main course. Luke and Katie Perry have been providing as many as 200 meals every 4th week of the month throughout the spring and summer. As the cool temps come, they cooked up pasta with sausage and peppers to the delight of our guests. Thank you Blackbird for your constant caring for all who join us.
Providing a supper for 200 people each week takes many volunteers to ensure that our meal is ready to roll at 4pm. It was such a smooth operation inside and a chilly but rewarding process in the driveway as all were greeted with smiles behind soggy masks
As a special gift, Sarah Lavine provided individually wrapped Halloween treats for everyone. Who said you have to be a kid to go trick or treating! Thank you Sarah, and thank you Barbara for passing them out. Wish you all could have seen the big eyes and expression of happiness as each guest was given a bag.
My apologies for the sideways pics. I am clueless how to correct!

Mt. Calvary Community Supper is so blessed to have the support wonderful community  organizations. Last night 2 came tog...
10/22/2020

Mt. Calvary Community Supper is so blessed to have the support wonderful community organizations. Last night 2 came together to help provide 190 meals to our guests. Our sponsor was Acton Boxborough United Way and our inside "packers" were from the Rotary Club of Acton Boxborough. What a pleasure to have two terrific teams of happy volunteers as they served all the Chicken Parm sandwiches that Miriam and Claude prepared. The early Halloween costumes by ABUW were a big hit with the guests. What a fun way to bring smiles to everyone. Thank you to all for another successful Supper!

Yesterday  marked a bittersweet moment for Supper as we celebrated the dedication of Carol and James since 2012 and thei...
10/22/2020

Yesterday marked a bittersweet moment for Supper as we celebrated the dedication of Carol and James since 2012 and their impending departure to new adventures out of state. Words can not express how they will be missed. Who will make the Mac and Cheese, Carol!?!?!? Who will slice the meats and clean the grates of the stove!?!!? We will miss the laughter and ribbing. We will miss the hugs and hot sauces. Hopefully as you both scan your albums you will be reminded of happy times at Supper. Touch a picture and feel the love.

(A big shout out to our quintessential Preschool teacher at heart, LaNette. What an incredible setting you created for Carol and James. We all loved your humor and creativity. You should be an event planner.)

A picture perfect day for the students of Danny's Place to sponsor our supper and join us on the 14th. The Youth Leaders...
10/18/2020

A picture perfect day for the students of Danny's Place to sponsor our supper and join us on the 14th. The Youth Leadership Council was a delight to have with us. They handed out 190 meals with big smiles behind their faces.
Inside the church many hands were busy cooking and preparing the food for our many guests. Thank so much to everyone for helping us have another successful Supper. Thank you Danny 's Place Youth Leadership Council for providing our guests with a healthy meal and friendship.

As we continue to tweak our new drive thru process, PLEASE, remember that we will start serving at 4pm now. It will be a much safer routine as the darkness comes earlier. Wear your masks at all times and bring a box so your meal doesn't slide around in your car. See you on Wednesday.

What a wonderful tribute to Judy Melillo on Wed. From rainbows to black skies and down pours, so many guests who joined ...
10/09/2020

What a wonderful tribute to Judy Melillo on Wed. From rainbows to black skies and down pours, so many guests who joined us fondly remembered Judy. One guest in particular spoke to how lovely a lady Judy was and how greatly she is missed. When we were inside, Judy often served the supper and joined her fellow "seniors' table" to chat with new and old friends. She is always remembered by her beautiful smile and sparkling eyes. Thank you to her family for sponsoring our Supper in Judy's memory.

As for the weather man - WOW did he give us some challenges but none that we could not handle. We implemented our new traffic pattern and kept rolling out the carts. When the rains came we retreated to a bit of safety but continued to welcome all who braved the storm. In All we handed out 189 meals!!! Oh what a night.

What a perfect night for Mediterranean Chicken . The rain stopped while Barbara, Sara, Ann, and Shelley cooked up their ...
10/01/2020

What a perfect night for Mediterranean Chicken . The rain stopped while Barbara, Sara, Ann, and Shelley cooked up their own storm in the kitchen. The Dining Hall was buzzing with our teams of packers. Veggies from The Food Project of Lincoln and goodies from Panera Bread and Cumberland Farms were bagged and boxed for the rolling carts. Liz, Ellen, Sari, Shelley, Carolyn and Debbie created delicious dessert of apple bread with honey after testing several recipes.
As the inside was hopping, the additional team from Congregation Beth Elohim arrived for distribution set-up in the driveway. It takes a village to make our Supper run smoothly every week. We are so fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers that make it all a success.
With a wave of an arm, our traffic team, Bob and Kshama, the evening began. By 5:40pm the 170 meals had all been handed out. Thank you so much to everyone from Congregaton Beth Elohim for sponsoring this wonderful evening and giving your all to make our guests feel loved.

Wednesday's Supper was sponsored by the Acton Democratic Town Committee. What a beautiful evening to distribute over 140...
09/18/2020

Wednesday's Supper was sponsored by the Acton Democratic Town Committee. What a beautiful evening to distribute over 140 meals to our guests. While James, Miriam and Nancy took on the cooking, we were joined by Members of Apple Valley Adult Services Ministries, the Gao family and our loyal students to help package our meals and our donations from the Food Project of Lincoln, Paneras, and Cumberland Farms. We are so fortunate that local businesses have been helping us with extra food to pass on to all who come to Supper.
Thank you to all the ADTC members who joined us and shared your kindness with everyone. It was a pleasure to meet and work with you. And thank you to Senator Jamie Eldridge for donning an apron, mask and glove to join in the fun.

What a lovely night for the celebration of the life of Bob Priest. Thank you Phyliss for sponsoring our Supper to honor ...
09/11/2020

What a lovely night for the celebration of the life of Bob Priest. Thank you Phyliss for sponsoring our Supper to honor the memory of your son. We send additional condolences for the recent loss of your other son. Such heartache for a mother to experience in 14 short months. May the friendship of others help you to endure these hard times. May the memories of both sons bring warmth to your heart. Blessings from all of us at Mt. Calvary Community Supper.

If you recall the heavens opened up throughout the day and evening on Wednesday the 2nd of September. No way it was goin...
09/06/2020

If you recall the heavens opened up throughout the day and evening on Wednesday the 2nd of September. No way it was going to stop the West Acton Baptist Church sponsored Supper. Our tent crew was challenged to keep dry but they prevailed. As the cooks prepared crispy chicken for 170, the dining assembly lines were in rapid motion with packaging of veggies from The Farm Project, donations from Westford Cumberland Farms and Panera Bread. Delicious cake from our bakers and the final dinner were all boxed and ready to go by 4:50pm - and still the rain persisted. By the end of the evening we were all rather damp but our trusty traffic controllers kept everything rolling smoothly. All the guests were so appreciative of our volunteers as they distributed all the goodies. Thank you WABC and everyone for ensuring that Supper was a success, despite Mother Nature's showers.

A night to honor Heather Makris! The staff of Conant School gave a special gift of love to Heather Wed the 26th. In reco...
08/31/2020

A night to honor Heather Makris! The staff of Conant School gave a special gift of love to Heather Wed the 26th. In recognition of her many years as the school nurse, they sponsored our Summer BBQ with the help of Blackbird Cafe. It was wonderful to have so many of her friends join us to serve all the guests who rolled on by on such a beautiful night. As the ladies did a dance with the tents outside, the cooks, Pam and Mary and the prep team assembled 170 inside meals. By 4:45pm the driveway was jammed and the party began. Many thanks to Huge for orchestrating the 5 lines by himself. And to Katie and Sean for being our multi-taskers and runners. Heather and her friends greeted everyone with a meal and Rich, Bernadette, Aparna and Sean handed out veggies and Cumbies. - Oh my, and we received the largest Zucchini ever from the Food Project of Lincoln. What a meal in itself. Paula, you were the queen of clean-up in the kitchen! Best wishes to Heather in her retirement and thank you Conant School Staff.

Remember when Boxborough Minutemen came to the rescue during the Revolutionary War? Well it isn't the 1700's but they ar...
08/22/2020

Remember when Boxborough Minutemen came to the rescue during the Revolutionary War? Well it isn't the 1700's but they are still among us and Wednesday they joined forces and sponsored our entire Supper! Another 170 meals were handed out thanks to the cook and packaging teams. And 2 industrious ladies did all the kitchen clean up. How is is possible that so much can be accomplished by our volunteers? Well it because everyone has been so generous with their time and energy at our greatest time of need. Our number of guests has more than doubled in the last 6 months and the Drive-thru Supper keeps on flowing smoothly. To all of you who believe in our mission to help alleviate hunger and share friendship, we are so very grateful. And to the fantastic men with the muskets, you are the best!!

Prior to the pandemic a lovely lady named Judy James approached us to propose a partnership between Acton Congregational...
08/16/2020

Prior to the pandemic a lovely lady named Judy James approached us to propose a partnership between Acton Congregational Church and Mt. Calvary Community Supper to aid in our need for volunteers. Little did we know that by the time we had been transformed into a Drive-thru Supper that Judy would miraculously find over 50 individuals to aid in our need to adjust to COVID19 restrictions by rotating over 140 support staff each month. It is through the generosity of those volunteers and so many from across our communities that we continue to prepare 170 meals each week and some how withstand the oppressive heat both inside and outside Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. so that all who roll on by have a healthy meal and a welcomed greeting.

Many thanks to Judy for sponsoring the entire meal and honoring all the the dedicated volunteers.

If you happened to roll on by this past Wed, you would  have seen all of the volunteers trying to keep their shoes from ...
08/02/2020

If you happened to roll on by this past Wed, you would have seen all of the volunteers trying to keep their shoes from melting into the driveway! What a HOT night. Barb Frank and the teams from Congregation Beth Elohim were so fantastic to tolerate the heat both inside the kitchen and prep areas and outside. To make it seem a bit cooler, the Breakfast for Dinner meal was quite a hit. It was great to have families join us for prep and distribution. In particular, Isabela had a great time greeting each guest to pass out our August menus. Part of the challenge of COVID19 and social distancing can put a stain on limited numbers of volunteers permitted to work in any one space. It was amazing to see teams of 2 and 3 take on the entire preparation , packing, distribution and clean up for 170 meals. SO many thanks to all who made it a successful night despite the heat. We look forward to seeing more people next week, but do watch the weather report in case it has an impact on our service.

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472 Massachusetts Ave
Acton, MA
01720

Opening Hours

Wednesday 17:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(978) 263-5156

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