A weekly community meal for hungry and homeless people
A Meal and More (AMaM) is St. Paul’s “soup kitchen” serving an average of 80-100 of our Westminster neighbors. We are a group of volunteers that work each Thursday to prepare and serve a hot meal to anyone in need of one. Each meal consists of a hot entrée such as Chicken and Rice, Mac and Cheese, Goulash, or Chili; a fresh salad, a hot vegetable, and a choice of many desserts. Recently, we have teamed up with various community organizations that donate various proteins, that we use to augment our meals, and fresh, homegrown produce. For more information, please contact Georgia Rittmeyer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A very special message from Georgia…
It seems that time has flown by since I stepped into the position of Coordinator for A Meal and More. I have met and worked with some of the most wonderful, loving, caring people…and I look forward to making our experience as a team bigger and better!
One of my passions is taking care of the earth and those who walk upon it. Styrofoam, which isn’t good for the earth, or its’ occupants, was once heavily used during our meals…approximately 160 pieces or more each Thursday. A couple of wonderful people enlightened me with the discovery of reusable insulated mugs that are located in the St. Paul kitchen. After learning they were dishwasher safe, we chose to stop using Styrofoam cups and introduced the insulated cups to our guests. Their first reaction was, “are we supposed to be using these?” They were so taken aback that they weren’t using Styrofoam! We even stopped using the small bowls for desserts and such…A Meal and More is now totally Styrofoam free!! Here is where we can totally thank our regular dishwashers, Trish, Bill and Tom!!!
On 27 July, we served our guests all the fixin’s of a cookout…hot dogs, hamburgers (even vegan ones), potato salad, two kinds of slaw, baked beans, fruit salad, watermelon, and desserts. Needless to say, it was a total hit. THANK YOU so very much to those who prepared, served and cleaned during this event.
Our guests even enjoyed a delightful assortment of home-grown produce thanks to Pastor Sam from St. Mark’s UCC in Hampstead, MD. Pastor Sam oversees four community gardens and chose A Meal and More to share their bounty. We supplied bags and the guests were able to help themselves. There were a few leftover beans and squash which were turned into delightful additions to another meal.
We continue to look for different ideas/ways to provide a wonderful meal to those who deserve one. We welcome you to help in any way that you can. If you would like to donate to the pantry, we are always in need of #10 size cans of vegetables (green beans/corn), Ranch salad dressing, sugar, kids juice boxes, and powdered ice tea mix. Donations can be left at the Donation Location.
Please be sure to label your donations with “A Meal and More.”
If you would like to show off your culinary skills by preparing a casserole (chicken/rice, mac/cheese, bbq, goulash), I will be happy to put you in contact of the team leader for that particular week and they will give you the particulars. If you have other ideas, we want to hear about them!!
Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com should you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to be added to a list of volunteers.
We totally appreciate the generosity of all who donate, prepare and serve this mission. A Meal and More could not happen without you!! God Bless!