Dining With Dignity

Dining with Dignity

Volunteer Hours Worked in 2023 vs. 17,296 in 2022

Meals Served in 2023 vs. 53,646 in 2022

What is DWD?

Dining with Dignity offers a safe, clean, indoor environment for people in need to eat hot lunch and dinner. Keeping with Lighthouse Ministries tradition, a Gospel message of hope is shared before every meal.


Lighthouse Ministries partners with individuals (of at least 11 years old), churches, small groups, civic groups, and businesses. Partners may sponsor an evening meal for $250, or volunteer to serve. Dinner volunteers assume the following responsibilities:

  • Provide a team of 4+ people
  • Bring food for 80+ people (optional)
  • Arrive by 11:30 AM for lunch and 4:30 PM for dinner
  • Serve water and snacks when doors open
  • Provide a short Gospel message (optional)
  • Be available for prayer and ministering to guests
  • Clean the kitchen and dining area

Meal Times


Noon • Monday–Saturday
Doors close at 12:15 PM


5:30 PM • Monday–Saturday
Doors close at 5:45 PM
Sunday immediately following church


Please email Barbara to let her know what days and times work best for you to volunteer. We look forward to having you! 


The Dining with Dignity program was formed in 2015 through a three-year partnership with the City of Lexington and the Office of Homelessness, Prevention and Intervention following. Since 2018, it has continued as a ministry of Lighthouse Ministries based solely on public donations and volunteers. Meals have been served continuously since the opening of the Lighthouse Ministries in 2004. 


We are grateful for all donations of time, food, and money. To make a monetary donation, use the link below:


​Food goes fast when feeding 100 or so people twice a day! We gratefully accept food donations. Please call ahead before delivering. Other kitchen needs include:

  • 8oz Styrofoam plates
  • 8oz Styrofoam cups and bowls
  • Coffee
  • Creamer packets
  • Sweetener packets (sugar, Splenda, Sweet ‘n Low)
  • Napkins
  • Plastic forks, spoons and knives
  • 55-gallon garbage bags

You can either drop these off with us, order at Sam’s Club and notify us that the order is ready for pickup at 1063 New Circle Rd NE, or shop our Amazon Wishlist for direct delivery:

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