- Please cook for at least 30 people, i.e. 2 large pans of casserole or 3 gallons of soup.
- Foil pans are a great way to deliver food because they’re inexpensive, you can cook in them, and you can leave them at camp.
- Meat is very much prized. Protein foods in general are scarce and therefore highly valued: meat, cheese, and milk top the list. Beans – though a legitimate source of protein – are so pervasive in a low-budget diet that they are generally less favored.
- Please note that dental problems are common among homeless people, due to inadequate preventative care. All foods should be cooked until tender. Raw salad – though healthy – is not popular because of chewing problems! Vegetables cooked tender are very popular.
- Anything you do will be most appreciated. Even if you do not have a complete meal for 30 people, your contribution will go into the kitchen tent to be combined with other foods.
Quantities & Measurements
A SERVING, for our purposes, is between 1 1/2 cups and 2 cups, (12-16 oz.) So:
- 1 quart (4 cups) provides 2-2.5 servings
- 1 gallon (4 quarts; 16 cups) provides 8-10 servings
- 3 gallons (12 quarts; 48 cups) provides 24-30 servings.
Note: The pan sizes are “full to the brim,” which is unlikely to be how you will serve them.
- 9×13 baking pan: 3 quarts; 6-7.5 servings
- Half-size foil pan: 4 quarts; 8-10 servings
- Full-size foil pan: 10 quarts; 20-25 servings
- 3-gallon carrier: 12 quarts; 24-30 servings
Foil pans are available at Cash and Carry: half-size, 29￠; full-size, 78￠. You usually want to double the pans so they don’t collapse in transport. (You can easily reuse one or both pans after service.) Cambro insulated “soup carriers” are available online for around $100.