Posts Tagged ‘soup kitchen’

Every community has a social services agency.  Here on Bainbridge Island, we have Helpline House which provides for those in need all year long.  This time of year, they’re collecting food items for ‘Project Wishbone’ to ensure that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

My Kids’ Cookies is doing what we can to help.  Bring in some non-perishable food items to our cookie shop and we’ll give you a free cookie as our ‘thanks’.

Project Wishbone Shopping List (these items are sought after at all social service agencies):

frozen turkey, fresh potatoes or sweet potatoes, brown and white rice and rice mixes, chicken broth, yellow onions, gravy mix, fresh and canned vegetables, fresh and canned fruit, fresh or frozen pie, butter and whipped cream, sparkling cider and juices, condiments (olives and pickles, salad dressings), oils, spices and herbs, coffee and tea, special treats (crackers, nuts, dried fruits), traditional Items (candles or napkins).

And, these items are always needed at food banks:

hearty soups, chilis and stews, canned fish and meats, canned beans, cereal, fruit and vegetable juices, pasta, peanut butter and jelly.

The donation of a Grocery Store Gift Card is also greatly appreciated.  My local Safeway has a promotion going on where you can donate $5 and they’ll give a turkey breast to Helpline in time for Thanksgiving. They’ve made it very easy to help out.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all and thanks for being generous in your community.

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P5170684Last Friday, a group of 10 women baked close to 300 corn muffins for the Soup Kitchen which was offered in downtown Winslow the following evening.  Within minutes, the assembly line was organized and on a roll as everyone picked a task then got to work.  With the local television station, BITV, recording our evening, we made quick work of our chore.

P5170682After a record time clean up of my commercial kitchen, the remaining volunteers got to sip champagne and enjoy some savory appetizers and sweet cookies while we told stories, got to know each other a bit better and enjoyed some new artwork hanging on my shops walls.  By opening my kitchen to this fundraiser (which was pulled together with donations from many locals and local businesses), I helped with an event that benefited hundreds in our community.  I was happy to be involved.

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The sun is shining and it looks like Bainbridge Island and the Puget Sound area are going to be enjoying a spectacularly lovely Memorial Day weekend.  I’m starting it off on a great note by hosting at my cookie shop a Corn Bread Baking Party for a dozen volunteers.  Our busy busy hands, mixing bowls and wooden spoons will be baking corn bread for 200 which will be thoroughly enjoyed tomorrow at Soup Kitchen http://bainbridgesoupkitchen.blogspot.com/.

While some may think that bringing a ‘Soup Kitchen’ to a community such as Bainbridge is odd, the community feedback has been great for the organizer of this event.  Offering a helping hand and creating a sense of community is a noble effort in any town.  Tonight we’ll fill the air with the wafting fragrance of corn bread and sounds of laughter.  And tomorrow, downtown Winslow is the place to be from 5 to 7pm for free soup, cornbread, lemonade, music and fun.

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Even on Bainbridge Island, a community known for its affulence, there are lots of people struggling to feed their families. A friend has stepped up to meet this need in a creative and inclusive way. She’s hosting a Soup Kitchen event on Saturday, May 23rd. Check out her blog for details. I’m happy to be involved by hosting the cornbread baking marathon the night before at my shop. Go ahead,  borrow her idea and help your community.

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