The Master's Table

The Master’s Table is Springfield, Tennessee’s best kept secret. To the casual observer, it may appear to be just another “meat & three”, but upon entering the door of The Master’s Table, you’ll know something is different. That difference, according to Pastor Robert Gardner, is attributed to two things: the people, and the spirit of Jesus Christ. Every morning from 10-11 a.m., people enter the Master’s Table from all walks of life to receive a free warm meal. Nobody is turned away or asked any questions about their ability to pay, we simply show the heart of Jesus

While there, we hope that they receive much more than a warm meal. Whether an encouraging word from the cheerful volunteers and cooks, a moving story from the inspirational videos, or simply the feeling that someone actually does care, we know that we’ve made a difference in somebody’s life today.

The Master’s Table is a ministry of the Greater Faith Community Action Corporation (GFCAC). We provide hot meals daily to the hungry, homeless and those in need.

The restaurant is non-profit and is supported entirely by donations, food for purchase, and GFCAC. The mission of The Master’s Table is “To provide warm meals daily to persons in need in a loving Christian environment”.

The vision of The Master’s Table is a fulfillment of the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:35; “For I was hungry, and ye gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me”. The Master’s Table operates as a free “soup kitchen” between the hours of 10-11 a.m., Monday thru Saturday. No proof of hardship is required, and no one is turned away. Food for purchase from a separate menu is available between the hours of 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday thru Thursday, and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. All proceeds are used for operational support of the soup kitchen through GFCAC.

What makes the vision of the Master’s Table possible is donations, food purchase sales, and most importantly, our volunteers.

With over 50 part-time volunteers and 3 full-time, the kitchen feeds over 40 persons a day during the soup kitchen hours. The volunteer staff are from various churches throughout the community, civic clubs, school groups, and individuals. With the rapid growth in the soup kitchen, currently 40-45 a day, more volunteers are needed to serve the guests. Anyone looking to volunteer please contact Carolyn Woodard at Greater Faith Church, (615)384-3730. Volunteers can serve as little as two hours per week. Every person can make a difference, so please – get involved!

Besides providing daily meals to the hungry, the Master’s Table provides immediate volunteer opportunities to the men and women in GFCAC transitional homes, who desperately need activity to avoid idle time to regain a sense of belonging. Surprisingly, these men and women have proven to be excellent volunteers. Their compassion for the homeless, hungry, and poor shows right away due to their recent personal experience. It has proven to be an excellent way to “get connected” with the community, and has been valuable therapy for themselves as well. “It means a lot to me, just to actually give back without expecting any pay in return. It’s pretty special”, says Charles Frazier, the soup kitchen’s main cook.

Currently, the most pressing needs for the Master’s Table are food, donations, and space. The kitchen only has seating for 16 persons, so with 40-45 guests coming to the soup kitchen, many have to wait outside until a seat becomes available.

“With God’s help, one day we’ll be able to purchase the entire building and expand the seating area. The need is there, and with the downturn in the economy, we are sure to have an even greater demand for meals in the future”, says Pastor Gardner.

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