We have made all kinds of hot meals. Beef Stroganoff, chicken potato soup, shapers pie, pumpkin soup, and lots of bagged lunches. We also have had a lot of donations this winter. Like my in-laws donated hats and scarves....brand new! Iris and her boyfriend donated gloves, and personal hygiene supplies. We had a lot of personal hygiene supplies donated and we would put them into ziplock bags with hand warmers, hand sanitizers, travel size soaps and shampoos, and baby wipes as some examples. The hygenine bags are very popular and welcomed! In above pic is Karl, Daryl and I...looking like a real professional team!
Here have set up a table and small stove. This means we can serve the hot food very warm...despite Chicago's terrible winter snows and wind. We are planning on doing some bbq meals like grilled chicken, vegetable kabobs and burgers. once the weather gets warmer!That's Daryl, Stagg, Karl and I.
In the above photo find Annette, who I know from Old Town School of Folk Music. Then Stagg at the stove, then Karl, Daryl and Iris...holding eggs? No wait, she' holding up mushrooms! They are making Beef Stroganoff. We also have a lot of fun working together!We have a variety of people come in to work, we are using the Buddhist Temple of Chicago's kitchen and although most of us serving are Buddhists we also have folks who are secular or not with the Temple at all.
We experimented without the table and stove....but it got uncomfortable crouching down to serve.
Sometimes a group or family comes in....they fulfill the grocery list for a given recipe...then help prepare the meal. Also a lot of fun. Sometimes it's difficult to find activities for kids to help homeless people that goes beyond giving money. This service allows kids to see the process of getting food organized and going directly to feed people less fortunate.