Last Tuesday, we started our fifteenth consecutive season serving meals to the community in the hall of St Alban. As in past years, we had shut down for the summer months (we are basically open during the school year), but many people must have marked their calendars when service would resume as we served meals to 160 hungry people.
It was great to see familiar faces from past years and some people who are new. All were treated to a fine meal of pasta with meat or veggie sauce, caesar salad, garlic toast and a fantastic blueberry desert made from blueberries picked fresh that same day by Grace (one of the kitchen helpers) from the fields of Richmond.
The weather was fine and four people enjoyed their meal on the picnic table in the back garden.
A great start to the year and we look forward to serving many more fine meals to many fine people.
We wouldn't have a meal without our wonderful volunteers, some of whom have been with the meal since day one, and as we are about to enter our fifteenth season, that's dedication! And to keep our team vibrant and growing, we are fortunate to have new volunteers join us each year. Every volunteer is a special member of the team and is much appreciated. To say thanks, we organize an annual volunteer appreciation dinner to close off the season. This year, we had a Hawaiian theme, with great decorations and door prizes arranged by our events team, fantastic food and a live band that really added to the festive atmosphere. Thanks to all who helped out at this special meal and a special thanks to all the volunteers who helped out this past season.