The morning after the Tuesday evening cooking shift, Campus Kitchen coordinators and volunteers deliver home-cooked meals to Allied Churches, a 24-hour shelter that works to alleviate food insecurity and homelessness in Alamance County. They rely completely on donations to supply their weekday lunch and dinner meals for everyone who walks in the door.
While most students are just rolling out of bed on Wednesday mornings at 8am, the two Campus Kitchen shift leaders are starting the delivery shift. On this particular day, Liz and Tate lead the way. Liz grabs the van while Tate directs the volunteers to the delivery shift binder to fill out their hours and information. Then down to the Lakeside kitchen they go, transferring the prepared meals into the van and weighing the fresh Loy Farm produce.
Out on the Lakeside loading dock, the volunteers pack the van's trunk with fresh produce and large tins of prepared meals. Elon Dining generously shares their kitchen and cooking pans with Campus Kitchen every week for the cooking shift and donates the protein and grains to make the meals - without their partnership and our weekly student volunteers, the cooking and delivery shifts would not be possible!
The ten-minute commute from Elon to Allied Churches is filled with weekly paperwork and of course, some good ol' radio tunes.
Allied Church's workers are expecting the Campus Kitchen arrival every Wednesday morning. Their friendliness and gratitude make the process so much more enjoyable for everyone!
Campus Kitchen volunteers unload the crates and tins of food into the ACAC kitchen where it will be prepared for the incoming crowd of hungry people.
After a fulfilling morning, the shift leaders and volunteers drop off the produce bins to Loy Farm for the next farming shift and head back to campus... all in time for breakfast at Lakeside!