How It Started

Did you know that there are 27 million victims of human trafficking in the world today? It’s a staggering statistic that makes you want to jump into action but can also leaving you asking yourself; What difference can I make?

My husband, Aaron and I, asked ourself the same question, but this time an idea sparked.

What if, by sharing dinner together with our friends, we could fight for injustice?


The Dinners

So we started inviting friends over for dinner. Much like going to a restaurant, we were asking our friends to pay for a meal at our house; unlike a restaurant, all of the money donated would go directly to Rescue:Freedome Int., an organization on the front lines in the fight against human trafficking. We weren’t sure if anyone would respond! Who goes to a friend’s house to eat, and pays?

Seven people showed up to that first dinner and $200 was given to fight human trafficking. We didn’t know it at the time but Dinners at CiderPress Lane had begun. Since that first dinner 3 years ago we’ve fed nearly 300 people in our home and orchard and donated over $15,000!

The Dream

What if we could do more, reach more and give more?

Now, that spark of an idea turned into a full blown business that allows us to do what we love to fight what we hate. We now help people plan and design their events and continue to give a portion of what we earn to Rescue:Freedom.

Now we’ve expanded to an online shop where you can buy the things that make Dinners at CiderPress Lane possible. From the cookbook the tells you exactly how to do this in your own community to the very tables that we use in our orchard. (And soon the dinnerware that make our tablescapes beautiful!)

Note: As a separate event apart from the business, Dinners at CiderPress Lane continue to be community supported with all donations going straight to Rescue:Freedom. No profit is made from the dinners.


What can you do?

Our hope is that our story will inspire you to fill your home with great food and community and use that community to fight for injustice! Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered!


photography provided by Saleina Marie Photogrpahy