Total Meals Served 2016:

    • Dinner meals served:  45,305
    • Brunch meals served: 8,628

In December 2016, we added breakfast and lunch meals from Monday-Friday.

Breakfast Meals served Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. -8:30 a.m.

Lunch Meals served Monday-Friday: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Dinner Meals Served Daily, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Brunch Meal Served Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

It’s about gathering people around a table, feeding their bodies and spirits through compassionate service!

The food service program is at the heart of the mission of Shepherd’s Table. Through the extraordinary efforts of thousands of volunteers, dedicated staff and countless donors,  the evening meal has been served without interruption since December, 1983. That’s 33+ years of feeding hungry people in our community. In November of 2008, we served our 1,000,000th meal. On Sunday, December 16, 2012 we served our first brunch meal, beginning our 30th year of service. Through a special appeal in October 2012, funding for the Thierry Musel Brunch Program was secured for 2013. In December 2016, we moved to a new, larger facility, and added breakfast and lunch meals during the week. Thanks to all of our donors and volunteers for bringing these programs to life. Shepherd’s Table is greatly blessed with the support of the local Silver Spring community, folks throughout Montgomery County and the greater DC region. Strong financial support, consistent donations of in-kind gifts, amazing food recovery from local grocery stores, restaurants, bakeries and farmer’s markets along with the  fabulous service by volunteers, and a dedicated staff all combine to make all the meals possible.

Our meal volunteers are composed of a wide array of people: adults, youth, young adults, court ordered folks, service learning students and teams of people from churches and synagogues, businesses and schools, and organizations throughout the area.

Bright Meal

Throughout the year individuals, businesses, and other groups also sponsor a Bright Meal. A Bright Meal allows each individual/group to decide on a menu, pay for the food and bring the volunteers to set and serve the meal. Folks do this to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or another important occasion. Businesses do it to give back and to develop a sense of community among co-workers. All who plan and serve the special Bright Meal are amazed at the gratitude of our dinner and brunch guests who are so thankful for a special occasion.

Bright Meal Agreement


We are also very grateful to our casserole makers who prepare tasty, nutritious casseroles, freeze them and bring them to Shepherd’s Table for a lunch, dinner or brunch meal. Currently, we have four groups who make casseroles on a monthly basis: Church of the Ascension, Leisure World, Christ the King Church & Forest Glen Estate Association. Here are some recipes for casseroles that works well to supplement our meals. To find out how to be a special casserole group, just give us a call!

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Volunteer Groups:

Takoma Park Presbyterian Church McLean Bible Church Hughes United Methodist Church
St. Luke Lutheran Church First Baptist Church of Silver Spring St. Michael’s Church
Sligo Seventh Day Adventist Church GEICO Epiphany Lutheran Church
Church Of Christ Congregation Beth El Temple Shalom
River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation Christ Congregational Church Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Grace Episcopal Church Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring Montrose Baptist Church
Liberty Grove Methodist Church Good Shepherd United Methodist Church Great Commission CC
Silver Spring United Methodist Church Oakdale Emory Methodist Church Silver Spring Presbyterian Church
Woodside Methodist Church Kehilia Chadasha St. John’s Episcopal Church
Stoneridge High School Columbia Jewish Congregation IMAAM Center
Spirit of Faith Christian Center St. Matthew Presbyterian Church Clifton Park Baptist Church
Church of Christ the King St. John the Baptist Catholic Church ABT Associates
Memorial First Indian Methodist Church Tikvat Israel Dragga, Hannon, Hessle & Willis, LLP
Resurrection Catholic Church St. James Episcopal Church St. Mary’s Baptist Church
 Adat Shalom Church of the Redeemer Muslim Community Center
Stillwater Mindfulness Practice Center Journey’s Crossing Cook Ross
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Cedar Lane United Methodist Church Discovery Communications
Altrusa International of Montgomery County Association of Public Health Labratories St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church

Regular In Kind Food Donors:

ABSYNA F.E.E.D Bakery de France Capital Area Food Bank
Cedar Lane Unitarian Church Community Food Rescue Costco
Dutch Country Farmer’s Market FreshFarm Farmers Market (Silver Spring) Gardens for Good  Manna Food Center
Panera Bread Rainbow Community Development Center Rev. Glen Industrious
Starbucks Takoma Park Co-op Whole Foods