Meal tickets given out at the 1928 Minnesota Club event.

Superintendent MacFarlane is invited to speak to community leaders at a gathering of the prestigious Minnesota Club. During his rousing speech, MacFarlane challenges guests by asking, “How many of you would be willing to give up your meal tonight to help some downtrodden person?” After several uncomfortable moments and a bit more prodding, many in the audience indicate that they would be willing to do so. The crowd is shocked as the doors swing open and Peter ushers in a line of hungry people, young and old, from the streets of St. Paul. Guests from the Minnesota Club are escorted to another room and served coffee, hot dogs and a bun. Each club member is also given a booklet of free meal tickets — just in case they ever get hungry.

Photos courtesy of the Union Gospel Mission and the Minnesota Historical Society.