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May 19, 2013 at 5:05 PM

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Community Dinners church serves hot meals


ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Hannah Saito, 12, prays at Community Dinners church at the Bitter Lake Community Center Sunday. After the service, the church serves a hot meal to about 150 people from all walks of life - senior citizens, the homeless and the affluent.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Lina Jessen, kitchen volunteer, left, and Brandon Moen, prepare food for more than 100 people at the Bitter Lake Community Center Sunday. Community Dinners church serves about 800 free meals a week in Bitter Lake, Ballard, Fremont, Pike Place and Greenwood neighborhoods. They plan to expand to Lake City, Aurora Avenue, Northgate and the University District.

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Steve Alvarez, a 42-year-old homeless diabetic, receives dinner from Charlie Knowlton at Community Dinners church at the Bitter Lake Community Center. Alvarez said the free meals are important to his health.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Tony Hudson, a former fishermen in Alaska, and Carolyn Burdette share a meal and stories at Community Dinners church at the Bitter Lake Community Center. The church, which has been under four different names, celebrated its 90th anniversary on Sunday. Five-days-a-week, the church serves hot meals free-of-charge in different Seattle neighborhoods and shares prayer and stories about Jesus Christ. "Community dinners bring a feast, a family and Jesus," said lead pastor Verlon Fosner. Starting Monday, the church is launching a free dinners from 5 to 6:30 p.m. to anyone in the Seattle community at Pike Market Senior Center.

For more photos from Community Dinners church, visit the gallery.

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