When we opened our doors in March 2013, we were serving hot meals two evenings per week. As our volunteer base grew and the community learned more about us, we were able to begin adding evenings. After over three years of service, we are serving the needy in our area six evenings per week! Our ultimate goal is to serve a hot meal every day of the week, year-round. We will continue to add service days as our volunteer base increases.
It takes two shifts of volunteers to make the evening meal happen. Our “prep” shift consists of three volunteers who work from 11:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. assisting the lead cook in preparing a healthy, well balanced meal to be served from 4:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m.
Our “serve” shift consists of 11 volunteers arriving at 3:30 p.m. and working till approximately 7:00 p.m. Some will assist the Food Service Manager, certified by the Northern Kentucky Board of Health, in making sure the food is maintained at the desired temperature and is served in a manner complying with the Health Department Regulations. Other volunteers will work directly with our guests assisting the Dining Room Manager to insure the comfort of our guests. They will help with the children and will assist the elderly and special needs guests by carrying their trays to the tables. We have a “greeter” at the door welcoming our guests to dinner, as well as a volunteer at the exit door thanking them for coming, and offering prayers for their special intentions.
Currently, we serve approximately 100-125 people each evening of service. We allow “seconds” because we want our guests to leave feeling full. This means we prepare over 200 meals for each night of service…over 1,000 meals per week!