Thank you so much for your gifts in support of our meal program!
We are excited for the warmer weather, and hope the Spring season is treating you well! Spring is special, as it leads into summer, when we receive fresh produce in abundance from our partners in the farmers markets and local farms. From the Silver Spring Farner's market, Takoma Park farmer's market, Dutch County Farmer's Market, and other donors, we are lucky to receive lots of great greens and veggies and fruits that get served every day!
Last week, our Chef, who is always looking for tasty ways to cook and serve veggies, made an incredible dish: warm chickpeas with caramelized onions, peppers, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and lemon. It tasted as wonderful as it looked, and our meal guests raved about it on their way out of the dining room.
Our Chefs, well trained professionals, are constantly finding ways to be more creative with the donations we receive. As they cook meals for a very vulnerable population, they balance the nutritional value of their meals with the taste and visual appeal of what they serve. The quality of the food and community in the dining room brings returning meal guests who are experiencing hunger and food insecurity. Many will travel far distances to make it here for breakfast or lunch or dinner. We take great pride in what we serve, and are thrilled that our meal guests agree.
Our meal program staff are also paying attention to the special dietary needs of guests with diabetes or heart-related ailments, and working with a dietician to create appropriate meal plans. In this first quarter of 2019, we have served 31,694 meals, which is slightly higher than the same period last year.
As we look for ways to strengthen our program, we are grateful for YOU, for supporting this vital program that saves lives and brings smiles every day!