For both Students and Hosts, it only takes a few minutes to fill in a registration form. Select the appropriate section below to get started
We will carefully match registered students and hosts together. Matching is based on location, available dates, and other preferences. We will then send the contact info to both students and hosts.
Enjoy Your Meal!
The host will contact their international student guests to arrange their meal delivery and virtual meet up. All that remains is to enjoy your meal together and begin a friendship!
Ready to take in this experience?
Here’s how it works.
If you are an international student interested in being a guest:
1Select the city you are in and register by filling out the online form. You may register alone or with your roommates.
2We will match you with a suitable host based on various factors including allergy issues, special diets and location. Your host will contact you to arrange a date and time for the virtual dinner.
3Your host will arrange to have a meal delivered to you.
Enjoy the time with your host!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is “Friends for Dinner”?
Friends for Dinner is a network of volunteers from local churches and Christian ministries in the city.
Who can participate as a guest?
Friends for Dinner is available to any international student at a college or university in the U.S. If Friends for Dinner is running in your city, you are welcome to participate.
Who are the local hosts?
There is a great diversity among our local hosts. Most of our hosts are families with children, but some are single people, others are married couples, some are retired, and others are grandparents. But all our hosts have one thing in common – they are Christians who love to connect with and befriend international students!
Will international students feel safe?
All of our hosts attend a local church and are asked to provide a reference from a leader or a pastor of their church. The Friends for Dinner team will contact the references in order to ensure that all registered hosts are known and reliable people ready to receive international students for a meal in their home.
What does a meal with a host family look like?
Hosts will contact their student guests to confirm the date of their meal and organize meal delivery. Some will drop off a home cooked traditional meal others will arrange a restaurant to bring you a meal.
You and your host may connect through Zoom, Facetime, Skype or some other virtual means.
After your meal you may play games, share about your families and cultures, or just continue to get to know one another through casual chatting.
Is there a cost?
No, there is no cost. If you wish to bring a gift for your hosts, you are welcome to do so, but there is no obligation.
Let’s get started.
Select your city and register with the online form.
If the form does not appear, registration may not yet be open.