I make meals for homeless people. I’ve been doing it for about a year. I serve the various homeless camps, because they are good places to reach a substantial number of people in an organized environment (see Camp Map). I have also gone into the field and onto the street. Places I’ve served recently:
- Licton Springs Village
- Camp Second Chance
- Nickelsville Georgetown
- Tent City 3.
I’ve cycled through various methods of cooking, including: using a camp stove in the field, cooking at my home, and cooking with volunteer companions in a community kitchen. Right now, I’m back to the camp stove as my primary tool, serving a breakfast of hot cereal or a dinner of soup. Cooking at camp is more social than cooking alone, and it provides a community experience as well as a meal.
Right now (Summer 2017), I’m strategizing about how to sustain and expand my work. The past year has been a tremendously successful learning experience, with many advances and some setbacks. I’m collecting what I’ve learned into a plan for the fall and winter, which is the hardest time for people living in the homeless camps.