Zion Church hosts weekly outdoor community dinners

The community dinner at Zion Lutheran Church is far from a soup kitchen — the weekly outdoor event at 33rd & Pillsbury now features taco trucks, grilling menus and yoga.

“We wanted it to feel like a community experience where all the neighbors can get together and hang out,” said Pastor Meta Carlson.

Attendance at the community-run dinner typically hits 70-100 people. A free “gentle yoga” class at 5 p.m. precedes each meal. Dinner follows at 6 p.m., with a suggested $3 donation. Guests are invited to stay for a service at 7 p.m. with music and stories rooted in the 12-step recovery program.

Youth Farm is also involved in the dinners, making salads with the farm’s produce and periodically hosting a series of cooking classes.

Volunteers coordinate each event. To get involved, contact Liz Nelson at elizabethadelenelson@gmail.com.