Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Accepting Change

Today was one of those days at the Wednesday Community Meal when we had to change our menu multiple times to utilize the food we had.

Meal services when we can offer everyone the same thing are the easiest but sometimes we get a little of this and a little of that and need to just make it work the best we can.

Menu changes also make it a bit harder on our dining room volunteers who sometimes have to explain to a guest why the person sitting next to them has been given something different. For the most part, the guests are good-natured about this and understanding that we are trying to please everyone.

Here are some of our super volunteers who helped us serve 303 meals today:
Working nonstop for hours serving food is hard work but Lesley, Mary and Thomas make it look easy.

Mary Ann and Steve are so nice and willing to work wherever needed.

With record high temperatures today in Portland, the steamy dish washing room definitely wasn't the most pleasant place to be. Thank you Steve, Bill, Jay and Dave for "sticking" it out, no pun intended.

And here are some of the meals we served:
Oven baked chicken, roasted red potatoes and zucchini.

Green Curry with chicken over rice with sauteed corn and cucumbers.

Beef and peppers over rice with sauteed corn, cucumbers and just picked tomatoes thanks to volunteer Kate who has an amazing garden and is so generous.

Sausage from Phil's Uptown Meat Market, rice pilaf, sauteed corn, and tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.

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