Who We Are
For those of you who are unfamiliar with us, we are a hunger relief outreach program. We are comprised of all volunteers that represent a cross-representation of various faiths founded in 1970. In these current challenging economic times, we are seeking to expand our help to meet the growing needs of the community.
Holiday Dinners has grown to being able to provide 2,700 meals, delivered to an average of 850+ families, by 600+ Volunteers from 60 different churches, synagogues and community organizations. A Food Pantry is also operated throughout the year to help people in need.
Please take a look at our Wish List on items needed to prepare for the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners served to our clients! We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so please consider us when donating these tax-deductible items. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Hope Davis at UPMCoordinator@gmail.com.
" ... Serve One Another in Love."
Our Early Days
The original “Prayer House” coffee house opened in Kansas City in 1970 and a sit-down meal was served to 65-100 people. With the growing need over the years, the Holiday Dinners Program evolved to became a community effort that eventually moved to the Pleasant Green Baptist Church as the program sponsor. In the early years, community leaders included Reverend David L. Gray, Rabbi Levin, and Dr. Robert Menially from Village Presbyterian Church. Ms. Bernice McKinney led the program for many years until her retirement in May, 2014. Ms. Bernice McKinney continues to serve as a Trustee Emeritus for United Prayer Movement.
Ms. Lucy Harmon served as the Holiday Meals Program Coordinator for three years (2014-2016). She moved to Texas to pursue other opportunities. The United Prayer Movement organization expresses their thanks and best wishes to Ms. Lucy Harmon for success in her new endeavors.
Ms. Hope Davis has been the Program Coordinator (since 2017) for the Holiday Meals Program under the United Prayer Movement. She is already a familiar face having been involved with the United Prayer Movement Leadership Committee and a volunteer on the holiday meals program over the past eighteen years. Ms. Hope has a heart for people in need and brings excellent business leadership to the holiday meals program.
The Holiday Meals Program began delivery of a hot holiday dinner to shut-ins throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area and as far away as the city of Atchison (KS) because Meals on Wheels was not available to patrons during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Eventually, grocery sacks with canned goods and dried food items were added to the holiday meal delivery program to provide additional help to the disadvantaged.
The United Prayer Movement (UPM) is the primary sponsor of the Holiday Dinners program. In a manner of speaking, this program grew out of the UPM's attempts to help meet the needs in the greater Kansas City and surrounding areas.