What a privilege it was at our previous MTC activity to volunteer at the Bowery Mission helping prepare and serve dinner to over 400 hungry New Yorkers. It was a cold day in New York, and the people from the Lower East Side and Harlem had come for a warm, nutritious meal made possible by the consistent volunteers and donors who put faith into action at the Bowery Mission. We saw first hand how this organization gives people hope and a fighting chance at life with the programs and meal services every day.
We started by organizing and cleaning the pantry. So many organizations from the area donate food and supplies. Then some of us prepared and organized the dinner options (cutting bread, mixing the salad, and arranging dessert) onto the serving trays then set up the food line. And in preparation for the next day’s meal, we even cut enough potatoes to fill a cauldron! It was ginormous! They run a very efficient kitchen – they have to in order to feed anywhere from 200 to 350 people three warm meals every day!
We then served dinner to each individual who came. These humble New Yorkers were so appreciative to have a nice hot meal to fill them up. We all felt an incredible amount of love for our brothers and sisters who were suffering and felt it a privilege to be part of a program that helps bring a bit of comfort in difficult times. Thanks Bowery Mission for making a difference in so many people’s lives – including our own.