You don’t have to believe in God to care about feeding the hungry.
From 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, local humanist, secular, and skeptic groups are sponsoring an interfaith spaghetti dinner at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus to benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. The second annual Flying Spaghetti Monster dinner will celebrate the desire to do good, help communities, and pursue social justice regardless of religious affiliation or the lack thereof.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster is the “deity” of Pastafarianism, first described by Bobby Henderson in an open letter to the Kansas State Board of Education, protesting its decision to allow the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in public schools. Henderson argued that his belief in a supernatural creator that resembles spaghetti and meatballs, while unfalsifiable, is just as valid as the belief in intelligent design, and should also be taught in public schools.
The event will include a silent auction and a raffle. Dinner tickets will be sold at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for children. Donations of canned/boxed foods and personal care items are also welcome.
The most-needed food items are chili with beans, canned fruit (in juice or light syrup), tuna, canned vegetables, canned meat, soup with vegetables, and peanut butter. The Mid-Ohio Food Bank also distributes personal care items, such as deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and body wash.
There will also be a raffle and a silent auction. If you want to help with the event, there are numerous volunteer opportunities. For further information, contact Daniel Hronek at email@example.com or Gleb Tsipursky at firstname.lastname@example.org.