Initially I had planned to miss just the meal on Wednesday January 21st because of a family trip to New York City but then that darn blizzard hit the city and our flight home was cancelled causing me to also miss this week's meal on January 28th.
Volunteering is something I look forward to every week and I felt really bad about not being able to be there two weeks in a row but I didn't stress because I knew the meal was in the good hands of my friends and fellow volunteers.
When I told Fred who helps organize the meal that I would have to be gone a second week he kindly said "Don't worry," and added "Portland is 54 degrees, sunny and no wind." Of course the rain stopped and the weather got nice when I was away!
Volunteer Cheryl is the one who filled in for me in the kitchen, planning the meals to best utilize the gleaning and figuring out what additional ingredients were needed. She did an amazing job and having lived on the East Coast, she told me she knew that my original hope that I could still catch a flight home in time for the meal was "wishful thinking".
"I wasn't optimisitic when I talked with you this morning about a flight Tuesday night. We'll be fine and all is under control," she texted me.
I really do have the best friends! So many of them came in extra early to make both Wednesday Community Meals a success. I owe them big time!
On the 21st, they served 301 meals and on the 28th, they served 302 meals. Cheryl and Nancy kindly sent me photos so I wouldn't feel too left out. I'm really looking forward to getting back to work next week and seeing everyone.
Wednesday January, 21st.
|Cheryl, Martha, Kate, Terri, Ann, Andy and Bill pose for a quick pic in the kitchen.|
|Most of the guests got hot dogs and fries as their main entree which I have no doubt was very popular with the guests.|
Wednesday January, 28th.
|Volunteers Andy and Tom came in extra early to help out.|
|Volunteers Frank and Frank (I love that!) worked hard serving in the dining room.|
|Guests got homemade meatloaf, rice and green beans as their main entree. This looks so good! The meal was obviously in great hands.|