Everyone is invited inside to sit, relax and eat. The meal is free, no questions asked and everyone is treated with kindness and respect.
It's been an important part of my life since 2004. In the beginning it was just my friend Fred and I handing out sack lunches. Later, with Trinity's support, it evolved to be a hot lunch in a take out box and finally in 2008, a four course meal served inside beautiful Kempton Hall.
Inviting our guests inside changed everything. It was the right thing to do. It enabled us to spend more time with our guests and we got to know and love them. They are real people. They are fathers, mothers, daughters and sons and they shouldn't have to suffer. They deserve to eat and enjoy delicious and nutritious food and they deserve respite from the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter.
Today was my last day at the meal and I am going to miss everyone so much. Volunteering has enriched my life in so many ways. I feel incredibly blessed to have been able to be a part of such a special program. Being with my friends each Wednesday is something I looked forward to and something I will miss terribly.
I am moving to Connecticut in June with my family but I will never forget my family at The Wednesday Community Meal.
Here are my teammates who served 287 meals today:
|Craig (He's always making us laugh.)|
|Frank, Barbara, Helen and Diane|
|Bill and Kevin|
|John and Leah|
|Dan and Dean|
|Vicky and Joyce|
|Mary (She has been such a wonderful support to me. Mary is the very first volunteer to arrive and gets us started each week, moving our ingredients from our downstairs pantry into the kitchen.)|