Today's meal was prepared & served to honor the memory of Shani Friedman. Her husband Jon donated in her name to the homeless food fund & I in turn wanted to do this for her. Shani crossed over into the Spirit World about eight months ago very unexpectedly. I've known Shani & Jon for many, many years, we used to be store neighbors on Grant Road when I had Rainbow Moods, and Jon & Shani had the The Wild Bird Store www.WildBirdsOnline.com at that location. The store now is at the corner of Fort Lowell & Country Club. Shani & Jon always were very kind & caring & wonderful neighbors. Please support their business & their dream. :)
We fed 52 people today, but again it felt like lots more. Most of the homeless came back for seconds, so we served close to 90 bowls. :) Faith & I chopped up 20 pounds of zucchini, shredded four big fat roasted chicken & added lots of cilantro into two huge pots of soup, which was more like a stoup (a cross between a soup & a stew). We also had six pounds of corn chips, which were almost all gone & there was very little soup left at the end. :)
Heily made a batch of her yummy brownies once more & J.J., Marilyn & I got to sample a few also. :) It's always a little treat for us helpers too. :)
Thank you Dave & Linda for donating some of the food for this meal again, you are ever so & always appreciated !! :) I feel very blessed to be part of your family & you are the brother I never had !! :)
J.J., Marilyn & Faith, thank you for always showing up & for being such a caring support to me & this project of feeding the people out there !! :)
I feel that even though the people in the parks don't have a home, they still deserve the very best food we can provide !! To me it is unimaginable to not have a roof over my head & the thought of them having to sleep on the hard & dry Arizona ground makes me cry. So the least I can do is provide a nourishing meal & hopefully make them feel loved a little bit from the inside out & not forgotten or ignored as they often are.
Sure, it is a lot of work, but it also is very rewarding & the loving gratitude we receive while serving the food makes it all worth while. So far we have served almost 11,000 meals & that doesn't count the second plates or bowl fulls. It was quite an adventure to learn to cook such huge quantities & now after having done this for three years, I find it hard to cook very small amounts anymore just for myself. Thank God for hungry friends & neighbors. :)
Good night now everyone & sleep with the Angels !! :)