Philippe’s Experience Giving Food To Friends

Over spring break, my mom informed me that there was a small homeless family that would be staying in the common room for a night. At this time, my cousins were visiting, so my aunt decided to participate in helping with giving food. My aunt prepared some cheese cake and I helped my mom go to the super market and pick up some ingredients. After picking the ingredients, I helped my mom cook and we brought the food to Friends on our way to a restaurant. When we arrived at Friends, we went to the back and knocked on the door and were met by a man and a woman who were setting up beds in the common room. We told them of the food we had and put them in the common room. The man and woman seemed very happy that we gave them food, but I did not catch their names. The family that would be staying there for the night was not there at the moment, but we were told that they would be arriving in about 2 hours. Although the people that would be staying over the night were not there, the gratefulness my family and I recieved from the people working there enlightned my day. When I entered the common room with the food, I noticed all the beds and the small table that was set up where they could have their dinner. I did not see any food on the table, but I’m sure that they had some to put out later. The man working there told us that the family sleeping there for the night is lucky, because usually they do not get the opportunity to eat such a delicious feast. The food included chicken, rice, salad, and two baguettes (which I love) and my aunt’s cheese cake which is one of my favorite desserts that she makes from scratch. The fact that these two people were taking the time to help a poor family and have done so many times before shows how much heart some people have. I hope that the family eating that night was more than happy that they know someone is watching out for them.

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  1. Phillipe,
    I love how your whole family got involved in this project. The Friends Shelter houses about 14 homeless New Yorkers each night and has only closed their doors once since they opened and that was because the Main Chance Drop-In Center that transports the clients to the Friends Shelter each night shut their buses down and had all clients stay within their headquarters. I volunteer there once a month as one of the overnight hosts. I can tell you that the meal you described would have lit up everyone’s faces. If you are interested in doing more meals for the shelter, this would be a great way to earn your out-of-school service next year. The school has set up an online share a meal program that allows you to sign up for a particular date online. maybe you might even do this over the summer, when the shelter has the most need because the school cafeteria is closed. During weekdays, our school cooks enough food to feed the 14 guests and volunteers plan the weekend meals.

    This is the link to the site where you can sign up to prepare a meal.

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