Meal Teams

Food and Meal info

The shelter provides guests with a hot meal each evening. All meals are donated by groups or individuals who show their support for the shelter and guests through their gift of cooking. This page offers information to those interested in providing a home-cooked meal for our guests.

NOTE: If you are considering donating food, please know that if we cannot use food donations in a timely manner, we will gift them to other organizations that will be able to use them.

Scheduling

The schedule is updated regularly during the shelter season. Please contact our Meal Coordinator, Mike Westenberg, regarding dates you or your group are interested in providing a meal. Each date submitted will be approved via email when you schedule. Please email Mike at mwestenberg@stmattsgb.org

Meal Preparation: Meals must be cooked outside of the shelter and brought in ready to serve. Our operating agreement does not allow us to cook at the shelter. Food should be brought in containers that you can take back home with you or are disposable.

Please let us know your menu when you plan what you will be bringing so we can post it on the schedule page. It’s nice to know to track our menus – it’s also handy for fellow cooks as we plan what we might bring. The staff and guests love to peek at it as well.


Quantities: We are currently cooking for 110 to 130 during each dinner service. Please contact Mike to get an approximate number of guests that need to be served.

Serving the Meal: The shelter opens and starts receiving guests at 5:00 pm. Please plan on arriving with your food at approximately 5:30 pm and begin serving no later than 6:00 pm. Three to five people is a good-sized group for the shelter’s kitchen space.

We ask that Meal Team members wear a face mask while onsite and disposable gloves while serving and/or touching food.

Milk, Plates, Cups

Besides the meal we ask you to bring:

  • 3-4 gallons of milk
  • 1–2 gallons of juice or a drink
  • paper plates, cups, and bowls

Desserts: There is no requirement to provide dessert as part of the meal. There are usually a lot of sweet donations for the guests to eat. If you do want to provide dessert, consider treats that are lower in refined sugar, such as fruit-based desserts or perhaps even jello. Many of our guests deal with diabetes and we want to help them with healthy options as much as we can.

Breakfast: In addition to the evening meal we do schedule people to bring in breakfasts. The same information regarding cooking at the shelter applies to breakfasts as well. Food must be brought ready to serve. Breakfasts should be ready to serve to guests at 6 am.

Thank you for sharing your love with our guests through the meals that you create.

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