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Food, Friends, Fellowship: The Mount Hermon Dining Hall

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“I find meals important for relationship building. The dining room atmosphere and staff make it possible for us to relax and enjoy the others at our table. Oh yeah, I’ve never had a bad meal.”

“Everyone who works there is pleasant and efficient.”

“Good variety of food, and plentiful!”

Who doesn’t like a good meal and great fellowship—together?

Mealtimes in the Mount Hermon dining hall are like conference gold. Good food, reconnecting with old friends, making new ones, meeting that special agent or publisher. Maybe even making that one special connection that changes your career as an author forever.

“The connections I made with people who get me have been priceless,” one attendee shared.

Another couldn’t help but gush about how she met her agent during a Mount Hermon dinner.

But have you ever thought about what it takes to provide that opportunity? All those meals?

Mount Hermon has served more than seven million meals in the same dining hall since 1989. That’s 240,000 meals each year. After thirty years, the dining hall and kitchen need some major renovations. New equipment, like four giant kettle pots and a tilt skillet, and structural repairs including under-floor pipes, the subfloor, ceilings, and significant repairs to the loading dock are critical—to the tune of $200,000.

Watch this video for more details.

Remember how you gratefully dished up barbecued chicken, pasta, salad, and veggies without having to clean up afterward? Think about that best friend you met over one of those meals. Or how about that agent or publisher who loved your pitch and, joy of joys, asked for a full manuscript over the French toast?

What are alumni saying about the meals and dining hall?

“I always appreciate the plentiful supply of salad and veggies,” said a guest.

“The food is always first rate and plentiful. They accommodate food sensitivities and allergies (please declare in advance). Good desserts too,” a member of the conference volunteer team told us.

We can’t forget the friendly and encouraging staff who have waited on us for years. Faculty, volunteers, and guests sing the praises of the staff:

“Food is top notch and the staff is amazing.”

“The networking and friendship building was out of this world.”

Bottom line, according to one attendee is, “We are spoiled rotten!”

Perhaps you can help so they can keep spoiling us in the dining room.

If you and everyone who has partaken of those 240,000 meals this past year donated only $1 for every meal eaten in the Mount Hermon dining hall, Mount Hermon could easily make that goal. Did you eat sixteen meals over the course of the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference? That’s only $16.

Would you prayerfully consider giving to the Mount Hermon kitchen project? Any amount will help. You may give a gift online, just click here.