Volunteer Event - Cook for and Dine with Families at Local Homeless Shelter

The Minnesota Atheists will have another powerful and unique volunteer opportunity at the Family Place homeless shelter in downtown St. Paul. Although it is right next to the First Baptist Church, and that church provides help to the shelter, the Family Place is a completely secular 501 (c)(3).

I posted this kind of late so I'm looking for a kitchen leader for June 15. Responsibilities include choosing a menu and providing the ingredient list to feed about 30 people and direct the kitchen as we prepare the meal. Please post to the comment section.

We will be preparing dinner for as many as 50 people (we'll know the exact number the day before we will serve) at the Family Place. We will then dine with the families and then clean up afterward. We will have full access to their kitchen to make the preparations. The food we serve is up to us. *Look in the comments section for ingredient suggestions to bring with you!*

We should plan on arriving by 3 PM for orientation, set up, and meal preparation. The orientation for new participants lasts approximately 30 min., dinner is served at 4:30 PM.

For parking:

The Family Place rents parking space from First Baptist Church so you can park for free in their lot (do not Park on the street since it is a ticket and tow area); the entrance to the parking lot is a few feet East of the corner of 9th and Wacouta. The exact address is 499 North Wacouta Street, St. Paul, MN 55101. Drive to the far end of the lot, park, and walk across the street which will place you on the corner of 10th and Wacouta a few feet from of our entrance at[masked]th St. E. You will need to be buzzed into the building and the call button is located at the right side of the double doors which are not marked. Please use our 10th St. entrance and not the church entrance on Wacouta.

If you're using GPS to find the shelter, use the 499 North Wacouta Street address (which is where we park) since most GPS systems cannot find the appropriate location when using the[masked]th St. E. location.

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  • Eric

    Here's a message I received yesterday from the shelter's volunteer coordinator: "As of this morning we had 25 in shelter but there are an additional 12 who are eligible to come in but they have not shown up yet. I know this is not very helpful info, but I thought you should know that there is a possibility that more families will be arriving."

    June 15, 2013

  • Mahad

    I will bring these 4 items -
    4 packages of croutons
    
2 packages of 2 lbs spring mix lettuce
    2 large cucumbers 

    Salad dressings (ranch is very popular)

    And I think we just have 3 items left now - 3 36 oz cans of baked beans / 
4 cans of Manwich or Heinz sloppy joe mix / 
Premade cookie dough (Nestle or Pillsbury are popular)...enough for about 40 people.

    June 14, 2013

    • Sarah M.

      I'll get the beans

      June 15, 2013

    • Eric

      I'll bring the 4 cans of Manwich sloppy joe mix and cookie dough. That should be everything we need!

      June 15, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Came down with illness this week.

    June 13, 2013

    • Eric

      Sorry to hear that Sarah. Maybe we'll see you next time. Hope you feel better soon :)

      June 15, 2013

  • Eric

    Looks like I'll be the kitchen leader so I'm going to borrow ideas from past meal events :-)

    Below is a list of ingredients we'll need to prepare our meal. Please indicate which items you will bring. Whichever ingredients haven't been claimed by Saturday morning (6/15) I will bring.

    *Sloppy Joes*
    7 lbs lean ground beef
    5 large onions
    4 cans of Manwich or Heinz sloppy joe mix
    48 hamburger buns
    3 36 oz cans of baked beans
    2 5lbs bag of apples

    *Salad*
    2 packages of 2 lbs spring mix lettuce
    2 large cucumbers
    10 fresh tomatoes or cherry tomatoes (4-5 packages)
    4 packages of croutons
    Salad dressings (ranch is very popular)

    *Dessert*
    Premade cookie dough (Nestle or Pillsbury are popular)...enough for about 40 people.

    June 13, 2013

    • Sarah M.

      There's plenty on the list I'll get something else

      1 · June 13, 2013

    • Steve P.

      Ok, see you Saturday.

      1 · June 13, 2013

  • Steve P.

    Shirley and I can pick up ground beef,buns, apples, onions and tomatoes. I know they have these at Costco.

    June 13, 2013

  • Mahad

    Della: the shelter doesn't pay for the food, we do. Eric or the kitchen leader will post the recipes of what we will serve and then we will each pick what we can bring of those items by 2:30pm on Saturday.

    For those of you that are new, this is such a gratifying experience, this won't be your last.

    June 11, 2013

    • Eric

      It's up to the individual about how much they want to spend. If you can't bring anything, we're happy to have your time.

      June 13, 2013

  • Della

    Wondering, does the shelter pay for the food?

    June 10, 2013

  • Steve P.

    I have not done this before, so I am not willing to be the kitchen leader. I do have a Costco membership and might be able to purchase some items in bulk for less.

    June 10, 2013

  • Della

    I, also, have never done this before.

    June 9, 2013

  • Sarah M.

    I've never done one of these before.

    June 9, 2013

  • Eric

    We should have enough to put together a meal but it will likely need to be pretty simple if we don't get more volunteers than what we have now. If we don't get at least 7 volunteers with a designated kitchen leader by Wednesday morning I will be the kitchen leader and provide some simple ingredients for us to bring :)

    June 9, 2013

  • Della

    Only two of us on the yes list. Think we need more people to make this work.

    June 7, 2013

    • Eric

      We've doubled those on the yes list! It really doesn't take that many people to put together a meal at the shelter--especially if we keep the menu simple.

      June 9, 2013

  • Josiah AKA B.

    Can I suggest changing the location to First baptist church since it basically is there. The location shown is not accurate and may mix people who are not aware of the location.

    June 2, 2013

    • Eric

      Good idea. I posted the address of the church's parking lot--which is where we park. To be sure, the location is accurate (it actually is at[masked]th St. E.) but the location that gets pulled up from most GPS units and online maps is inaccurate.

      June 3, 2013

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