St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room first opened its door in September of 1974 to serve the low-income elderly with a weekend meal supplement in a social and friendly atmosphere. At first, the parish’s St. Vincent de Paul Conference organized a soup and sandwich lunch for a few seniors. Within four months the number of diners turned into hundreds and the effort quickly grew into a daily operation. The Pastor stepped in to name a cook-coordinator who expanded the menu to an entrée, vegetable, salad and dessert. Continuous growth advanced the evolution of the Dining Room’s infrastructure. A volunteer Board was established, non-profit status was verified, employees where certified in food service, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors gave its recognition, and all the facets of the Dining Room operation were professionalized.

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