History

In the Beginning . . .

“Bishop Eugene Gerber could not so readily dismiss a growing concern, which was not about to go away. In fact, it was intensified daily by the faces of the hungry seeking food at the Cathedral rectory and Chancery office. Their plight forcefully reminded him of his model, Jesus, who had multiplied loves and fishes to feed the people lest they go away hungry and faint on the way.” (Matthew 15:22)


From Dream to Reality . . .

The bishop was aware that certain charitable organizations provided meals for the inner city needy at noon on working days but that hot meal service was not available in the evenings or on the weekends. Gradually, he began to envision a facility that would operate every day of the year and provide an evening meal to anyone in need. Thanks to more than 175 local companies who donated labor and materials for the construction of the building and countless donors who provided generous financial support to get the project going, the nightly meal service at The Lord’s Diner takes place in a debt-free facility.

Meeting the Need . . .

Located at the corner of Broadway and Central in downtown Wichita, Kansas, The Lord’s Diner serves dinner nightly from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays. A small paid staff of 10, assisted by more than 6,000 community volunteers prepare and serve a hot, nutritious meal in a spirit of compassion, respect and loving service from four locations. The second location was opened in May, 2011. The Lord’s Diner is currently serving an average of 475 meals nightly at the downtown location, 200 meals nightly at the south Hillside location, and 1,800 from the two food trucks.