I have been confused. For several months now, I have felt unsure if serving meals is an adequate response to the chaos that infects our society and the mean-spiritedness that pervades our public discourse. After deep reflection, I am now sure. Serving meals is a great thing to do! It helps individual people, it gives strength to organizations, and it changes the tone of social discussion.
This blog has been off-track. As you can see in the posts below, I took a slight detour into creating a podcast of interviews with organizers and residents of homeless encampments. The interviews may continue, but my plan to focus on an existence in cyberspace has been scrapped.
I am cooking and delivering meals to the homeless and the poor on a weekly schedule:
- Monday: In the morning, cook pancakes and eggs on the griddle at Aurora Commons. In the evening, cook and deliver dinner to Nickelsville Northlake.
- Tuesday: (Off)
- Wednesday: Make burritos in partnership with the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Hot Meal Program, and deliver to Licton Springs Village, Aurora Commons, and wherever people are living in north Seattle.
- Thursday: Volunteer with Edible Hope, the daily breakfast served by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ballard. With another volunteer, I transport the weekly donation from a local grocer, including produce, meat, dairy, bread, and deli items.
- Friday: Cook and deliver dinner to one of the authorized camps in south Seattle, either Camp Second Chance or Nickelsville Georgetown.
- Saturday: Cook and deliver breakfast at Licton Springs Village.
- Sunday: Contribute a dish to the Rainier Popup Kitchen, a group of neighbors who serve 150 people every week, under the I-90 overpass on Rainier Ave. S. If there are leftovers, I deliver them to Camp Second Chance or Nickelsville Georgetown.
I welcome your participation, as a volunteer or with monetary support (I’ll buy more food). Please feel free to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.