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Saturday DESK Meal Returns – Saturday, October 9, 2010
The Yale Hunger Heroes and Kitchen to Kitchen, both Yale student groups, will be staffing a DESK Saturday evening meal at the site of the Friday meal: United Parish House at 323 Temple Street. Thanks to United Parish House for donating the space for this Saturday meal! Yale Hunger Heroes, led by Ming Toy Taylor and Glen Meyorwitz, with help from Alexandra Hess and Lexie Berwick are ready to put Yale student volunteers to work for DESK. These students not only coordinate the entire evening meals but obtain rescued food from Yale Dinning Services and perform every task necessary to produce an evening meal with supervision from DESK staff. This meal will operate on Saturdays at 5 PM, which is the same time as Sundays. Any Yale students interested in volunteering for Friday or Saturday Soup Kitchen tasks please email: email@example.com
Cook and Care "Walk-A-Thon"– Sunday, October 17, 2010
The planning committee of the fourteenth-annual Cook and Care "Walk-AThon" has announced the dedication of the event to the memory of Blanche B. Baldwin, DESK's 2010 President of the Board of Directors. The Walk, to take place at 1:00 p.m. in Edgerton Park on Sunday, October 17, raises money for four New Haven-area charities: the Community Soup Kitchen, the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, FISH of Greater New Haven, and Interfaith Volunteer Care Givers. Blanche Baldwin, who passed away on July 6, was one of this event's staunchest supporters and a hardworking committee member of the Walk. Blanche gave generously of her time, talent, and energy to numerous groups and organizations in the New Haven area, including First Church of Christ (Center Church) in New Haven, the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, Columbus House, Ward Hetman House Museum, West Haven Retired Teachers Association, and the West Haven Historical Society. She appreciated having the opportunity to serve others,
especially those in need, through feeding the hungry and raising funds for charitable organizations. Blanche was a past recipient of a West Haven Board of Education award for years of Excellence in Teaching. As an alumnus of Southern Connecticut State University, she established an SCSU scholarship for aspiring teachers. Blanche was greatly loved and admired by all who had the privilege of knowing her. In tribute to this gifted, caring woman, the committee extends an invitation to everyone to participate. For more information on how to participate in or support the Walk please call 203-624-6426 or go to www.cookandcare.org.
A Spoonful of Song: A Benefit Concert for the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen - Sunday, November 21, 2010
When: Sunday, November 21, 2010 Doors open at 2:00 p.m. Concert begins at 2:30 p.m. Located at: Pratt Hall at the Center Church Parish House 311 Temple Street Hosted by: The Slate Voice Studio Featuring (tentatively): Hopkins School Triple Trio The New Haven Ballet Company Educational Center for the Arts Jazz Quartet Educational Center for the Arts Writing Department Robin Slate Suggested Donation for Admission: $10.00 Students & Seniors: $5.00 Water and Soft Drinks available: $1.00 It is part of the mission of the Slate Voice Studio to use music and the arts to give back to our community. The dedication of the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen to serving the less fortunate members of our community with dignity and respect is an inspiration to us all. For this reason, the Slate Voice Studio will donate all of the proceeds to this event to DESK.
Questions: Please email Evan Hurwitz at firstname.lastname@example.org. *Note: We still have space for several performance groups. If you are interested, please contact us using the above information.
Thanks and Recognition
Ride To End Hunger 2010
DESK would like to thank all of the riders and supporters of this year’s Ride To End Hunger. Even though the weather was tenuous, the ride was beautiful and everyone enjoyed the great BBQ and raffle following the ride at Lighthouse Point. Please check www.ridetoendhunger.com for photos from the ride this year & other years. Mark your calendars now, the 6th Annual Ride To End Hunger 2011 will be in Sunday, September 10, 2011. Next year the Ride BBQ will be in the Carousel House at Lighthouse Point so the wind will not be an issue but we can still enjoy the beach and harbor views. DESK would like to thank the sponsors of this year's ride: S&V Screen printing, especially Ralph and Ralph, who have produced our fun t-shirts; TYCO Printing in New Haven for years of great service to DESK; and Captain Quig's Shore Shack, especially Scot and his staff, for preparing food for the BBQ at no cost to DESK. Thanks to Paul DeRose and Autotote Enterprises for use of the Sports Haven parking lot for yet another year! Big thanks go to Chuck Cheslock for donating and setting up our tents. And for Dave Roberts for helping him and getting the new DESK generator going! The music rocked thanks to DJ Matt from Dark Entertainment! Thanks again to all the Common Ground High School students who helped serve coffee and donuts this year and helped sell Ride T-shirts! Thanks to DESK volunteers Kiele, Taylor, Jasmin and Michelle for helping with a variety of tasks during the BBQ. Thanks to DESK Board members Hans Andersson, Tammy George, Scot McLean, Ming Toy Taylor and Glen Meyerowitz, as well as Yale Hunger Heroes for helping all day. Great food served and prepared by DESK’s Director of Operation, Linda Carbone.
Thanks to our new DESK staff and long time volunteer Henry Ford for helping with food transportation and security!
Yale Habitat for Humanity paints DESK Dining Hall
Thanks to Kenny and the members of the Yale Habitat for Humanity. They recently painted the big white columns in the DESK Dining Hall. This same group painted the entire Dining Hall in the spring. We are really lucky to have them volunteer their time and they do a great job!
West Rock Health & Care Center & Kate Sacks
DESK recently picked up a wonderful donation of food from the unfortunate closing of West Rock Health Care Center. Kate Sacks coordinated a huge pickup of food for DESK which included frozen fish, chicken, dairy products and fruits.
Roast Beef Nights- New Haven County Bar Association, Young Lawyers section
These nights are all sponsored by The New Haven County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section (YLS). The YLS has supported our organization in a variety of ways last year and this year. Starting this past September, the YLS has been sponsoring a "Roast Beef Night" for DESK guests on the third Wednesday of each month.
The DESK Sunday Kosher meal at Silfka ends after 15 years
The Joseph A. Sifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale will not be hosting a kosher meal for DESK on Sundays in the 2010-2011 academic year. They have decided to start serving students on Sunday nights. Kosher meals at Silfka for DESK have a rich history since 1995 and will be missed. The Sunday meal will continue to be served at 311 Temple Street at 5 PM for the entire year. Thank you Slifka for years of kosher meals for our clients at DESK!
Blanche's Buddies: New Food Program for Seniors
This fall, DESK will begin a new program for at-risk seniors who already make use of DESK's direct food services. The program will help seniors supplement their daily food intake with food nutritionally matched for each senior. DESK will make food available to seniors two to three times per week to compensate for regular kitchen closures. Members of the Ladies Home Missionary Society of Center Church on the Green are helping to sponsor this new DESK program for seniors. DESK is naming it in honor of Blanche Baldwin who was a longtime member of both the Ladies Home Missionary Society and DESK's Board of Directors, a regular DESK volunteer, and a friend to all. The program excited Blanche, who, before she fell ill, looked
forward to implementing it in the fall. Anyone wishing to support this specific DESK program may send donations to: Blanche's Buddies Care of DESK P.O. Box 1478 New Haven, CT 06506
Thunder's Pantry for Pet Food
DESK is continuing "Thunder's Pantry", its pet-food pantry . The pantry currently has cat, dog, gerbil, and bird food. The cat and dog food comes in both wet and dry varieties. If you or someone you know needs help with pet food, please call 203-809-8770 to make an appointment to pick up pet food. Pet food may also be picked up at the weekly DESK Food Pantry, every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at 311 Temple Street, New Haven. Please note that DESK cannot deliver pet food. If you would like to donate pet food items to Thunder's Pantry, please refer to DESK's regular food drop-off schedule or call Linda at 203-809-8770.
DESK is in the midst of planning the annual ICM Thanksgiving Dinner. This year we anticipate preparing over 700 meals onsite at the DESK kitchen in the Center Church Parish House at 311 Temple Street, and delivering over 600 meals to the homebound in the community. This is an all week event for DESK staff and its many volunteers. This event has also given members of ICM congregations an opportunity to volunteer their time and efforts to the Thanksgiving Day meals. DESK Chef Linda Carbone and DESK Coordinator of Evening Meals , Andrew Bambrook will run the dinner and provide oversight for volunteers on Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day. Rev. Dr. Sandra Olsen will give the blessing this year at the 12 noon Thanksgiving Day dinner at DESK dining hall. The rest of the people preparing and delivering the meals that day will be volunteers, and we are counting on members of ICM congregations to help as in years past!! For details on how you can help DESK this Thanksgiving please check the DESK web site (www.downtowneveningsoupkitchen) and in a future email announcement later this month!
During the fall months, we have an increasing need for certain food items for use in meal preparation. It is much more helpful to receive these items than to find ourselves with donations of random foodstuffs. All of the food listed below will go directly into fresh homemade meals or pantry bags for our guests. As always, we
prefer generic brands. » BBQ Sauce (major need) » Salad dressing (major need) » Relish » Pickles » Ketchup » Mustard » Kosher Salt » Chicken or Turkey stock (large size) » Crushed Garlic » Canned Pineapple (for upside down cake) » #10 Cans of Spaghetti Sauce » #10 Cans of Crushed Tomatoes » Cans of Sloppy Joe Mix » Sweetened Condensed Milk » Chocolate Chips » Yellow or White Cake Mix » Brown Sugar » Jelly (for PB&J sandwiches) » Mayo » Hot Sauce » Adobo Seasoning » Crushed Red Pepper Flakes » Cayenne Pepper » Sugar » Flour » Whole Milk (gallon containers) » Eggs » Butter » Salt » Pepper » Ziploc Bags (quart size and sandwich size) D.E.S.K. also can use hotel soaps, shampoos, lotions, toothpastes, etc. Please remember to check expiration dates on all donated items! DESK cannot accept expired food items and they will be thrown away!
You may drop off food donations at 311 Temple Street between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. Please call the kitchen (203-772-3400) before you come to make sure that DESK staff will be present—please do not leave food donations outside or on steps! Please remember that all of DESK's offices and operations are closed on Fridays
and Saturdays. Volunteers will not be accepted on these days, nor will deliveries or food donations be received. Volunteer calls should only be made Sunday through Thursday.
The fall is DESK's busiest volunteer season. Please be patient—Linda will get back to you and do her best to schedule you or your group! If you need to do community service to meet obligations for your school or legal situation, please contact Linda as soon as possible. Do not wait until the last minute, as we cannot always guarantee availability at your preferred times and dates. All volunteers & groups must first email email@example.com. To schedule your group, please narrow down when you would like to come, and then have one person contact Linda. Please fill out the Volunteer Waiver located on the “volunteering” page under Serve with us. We cannot accept » groups over ten people » groups on the days we are closed (Fridays and Saturdays) » any walk-in volunteers » unscheduled friends and tagalongs of scheduled volunteers. » some community-service and court-appointed volunteers The DESK kitchen is professionally run and commercially licensed. Volunteers play a vital role in DESK's operations, and we appreciate every person that lends a hand, but we also must run a clean operation to protect guests, volunteers, and staff. Please observe the following rules for safe and sanitary volunteering: 1. Do not wear open toe shoes or loose long hair (tie it back and be willing to wear a hair net). Choose clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. 2. If possible, leave bags, purses, and backpacks behind, as we have little room to store things. 3. Wash hands immediately upon entering the kitchen, then keep on the plastic gloves we provide, changing pairs as necessary. 4. Stay home when you are ill or not feeling well to prevent the spread of disease. 5. Come on time to the left basement entrance of 311 Temple Street (we do not serve at Slifka during the summer), and be ready to stay until cleanup is finished.
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Phone: 203-809-8770 linda@ downtowneveningsoupkitchen.com
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