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Milford Daily News

By Lindsay Corcoran Daily News Staff

February 27. 2014 12:01AM

Milford church serves twice-monthly meals for anyone in need

MILFORD – In his chef's coat embroidered "Chef Dave," Dave Scott leaves the kitchen where he's just prepared enough food to feed 75 people and greets those enjoying his food, citizens who may not have eaten a nutritious meal if it weren't for him.

For Scott, who has been volunteering to cook the monthly community dinners hosted by the Trinity Episcopal Church for the past three years, he's fulfilling two dreams.

"Honestly, I leave here feeling like I got more out of this than anyone who's eating does," Scott said.

Scott, who dreamed of being a chef his entire life, is entirely self-taught — not even taking lessons from his son, who worked at restaurants and a resort in Virginia prior to passing away four years ago.

"He learned a few tricks from me," said Scott, who said his son likely acquired the passion for cooking from him as well.

Now, Scott cooks in his memory.

He fulfills another passion while working in the kitchen: helping others.

"These people have really fallen through the cracks," Scott said. "I like to be part of their life."

Scott and a group of volunteers help put food on the table the last Wednesday and Friday of every month.

Reverend William MacDonald Murray said Trinity and the other churches in the community have been coordinating to try and provide free meals every day during what is often a difficult week for those in need.

"There is a need for support at the end of the month, when food stamps are running low and there are less opportunities for a nutritious meal," Murray said.

The people who attend the dinners vary from those on food stamps or other types of assistance to those who don't have access to a kitchen where they live and to those who are simply lonely.

"We don't only provide a meal, we provide hospitality," Murray said.

Attendees said they're thankful for not only the meal, but also the company.

"I've got my own apartment, but it is nice to get out," said Peter Paille. "It's a dinner with friends. Plus, he's a really good cook."

John Martello, a self-proclaimed regular at the monthly dinners, said the meal helps because he's living on a small disability check, but he also just enjoys talking to people.

Contact Lindsay Corcoran at 508-634-7582 or Follow her on Twitter @LacorcMDN.