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Each morning, Chef Joan Gallagher and her team prepare almost a thousand hot & nourishing meals for low-income and homeless individuals and families. Most meals she distributes through Emeryville's Community Action Program (ECAP), a decades-old volunteer food pantry, and also through Mission for the Homeless, which serves 30 encampments in the East Bay.
Chef Joan sources most of her ingredients from ECAP, transforms them into stews and soups and other nourishing dishes, then turns around and distributes the meals at the same pantry. She's observed that food banks are stocked with junk food like sheet cakes and supermarket out-of-date goods like cold macaroni salad. As she pointed out, "homeless people can't cook an onion. They need nutrient-dense, ready-to-eat meals, and even the to-go container is useful to them for storage."
You might know Chef Joan from her decades catering at Cazadero Family Camp, or the three Bay Area Independent Schools where she's been serving 400+ meals daily for almost 10 years. Even before the pandemic, daily overages from the school lunch program went to feed homeless encampments in Oakland or Harrison House (a family shelter with services).
When the lunch program schools closed for COVID, Joan starting cooking up all the ingredients she had on hand and hasn't stopped since then. During these 6 months of the pandemic, we raised nearly $100,000 and served 70,000 meals. Chef Joan needs roughly $7,000/month to keep putting warm food into people's hands. We can't wait for politicians; it doesn't look as if other help is coming.
There is hunger in our backyard and here is a way to make a dent in it.
You can support the effort by making a gift (not here) but at www.nourishyou.net, where your gift will be fully tax deductible.
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