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Meal Site Information

 

In the city of Columbus, there is a free meal offered to the community every night of the week. On Sundays, our parish prepares and serves a meal to the community. This ministry may be referred to as “soup kitchen”, “hot meals” or “meal site”.

 

The hot meals ministry currently has over 60 volunteers that have committed to serving the meal this year. Individual groups or teams are assigned 3-4 Sundays within the year and then take responsibility for meal selection, preparation, serving and cleanup. All meals are to be prepared at the meal site. Our pantry is fully stocked with many choices.
 

The hot meal ministry is a wonderful ministry in that it benefits many people with a relatively small commitment overall. Meal preparation typically begins at 4:00 pm and participants begins to gather and socialize thereafter. The meal is served at 5:00 pm and cleanup is typically completed by 6:00pm.
 

If hot meals is a ministry you have interest in or if you have additional questions please feel free to contact Susan Chandler at 378-2605 or hchandler@ciemotors.com.
 

Below is the latest hot meal schedule. Please follow the procedure that is listed on the schedule. One of the many complaints we have is the leftover food. If you would like to leave any UNOPENED milk, that would be appreciated, however, the food needs to be disposed of or taken to Horizon House. There are never any dates on the items, and not knowing how long it has been there is unsanitary and can be scary. Please do not leave food in the refrigerator. All items left in the refrigerator and or freezer must me labeled with date left. Another issue seems to be leaving dirty dishes or items in the kitchen. Since several different committees use this kitchen it is important to clean up after our selves. There is a cleaning log that has to be kept up. Please feel free to contact us if there are any issues regarding how the kitchen was left when you arrived.
 

Currently, we have two co-chairs. Co-chairs call the team leaders and remind them of their scheduled date. They assist with any help that may be needed. If you think this would be a good fit for you, any assistance would be appreciated. It may take 2-3 hours a month, and the rewards are unlimited.
 

General Procedures:

ARRIVE AROUND 4:00 PM

WASH HANDS AT HAND SINK
CLEAN TABLES, WITH BLEACH& WATER MIXTURE.
SIT SIGN UP SHEET OUT FILLED IN WITH MENU. (YOU WILL FIND SHEETS IN BINDER IN WHITE CABINET ACROSS FROM STOVE). ALSO PUT OUT SNAP PROGRAM FLIERS.
SIT WATER PITCHER OUT WITH CUPS, MAKE COFFEE, SIT OUT WITH CUPS, SUGAR, SWEETNER,CREAMER, AND STIR STICKS. MAKE TEA, LEMONADE OR JUICE (YOUR CHOICE) SIT ALL DRINKING ITEMS TOGETHER
PLACE PLASTIC WARE ON TABLES 1 PER CHAIR FOR 6-8 TABLES OR AS NEEDED.
WEAR GLOVES ON ALL FOOD HANDLING.
MEAL PLAN SHOULD BE FOR 50-60 PEOPLE.
WELCOME PATRONS WITH SMILES & GREETINGS A MOMENT IN SILENCE IS OKAY.

SERVE AT 5:00.
SERVE MILK WITH MEAL. HAVE SOMEONE AT WINDOW TO SERVE MILK (LESS SPILLS).
SECONDS CAN BE GIVEN AT 5:15. REMEMBER THERE MAY BE SOME LATE ARRIVALS.
KEEP SOME FOOD JUST IN CASE.
IF ALL PATRONS HAVE BEEN SERVED, SERVE DESERTS AFTER MEAL SERVED.
YOU MAY TAKE IT AROUND TO THE TABLES ON CART.
TAKE HOME PLATES CAN BE GIVEN FOR SHUT INS OR LEFT OVERS. (SOME PATRONS DON’T WANT TO STAY AND ASKED FOR MEAL TO GO SERVE THEM FIRST.)
PLACE ALL REFRIGERATED ITEMS BACK IN REFRIGERATOR NOT ON SHELF. PLEASE CHECK.
WASH DISHES. PUT EVERYTHING BACK. (ALL CABINETS ARE MARKED.) OUR SHELVES FOR PANS ARE NEXT TO REFRIGERATOR.
BRING SIGN UP SHEET IN AND DO TOTALS, PUT BACK IN BINDER
WIPE TABLES AND COUNTERS, SWEEP DINING AND KITCHEN AREA.
EMPTY TRASH AND TAKE TO DUMPSTER.
PUT USED TOWELS AND DISH CLOTHS IN BUCKET
REMEMBER TO FILL IN ALL LOGS: CLEANING LOG, TEMPATURE LOG, DONATION LOG.

Team Leader Procedure:

Team Leaders will receive a call from co chair
Team Leaders will contact team members and plan meal, who will bring what
Team Leaders will organize meal prep and serving at meal site
Team Leaders will let co-chairs when the condiments or coffee is running low.

Please know that the co-chairs are here to help you. Ask and we will let you know what food is available on site for you to use. We will try to keep the pantry stocked. The week that your team works, you will receive a call from the co chair reminding you that your week is here. At that time, we will determine what time you need us to unlock the building for you to begin meal prep.

This is a very rewarding ministry. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

God Bless you and your team!

 

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