OLG Code Blue
Thank you for your interest in helping with the Code Blue program at Our Lady of Guadalupe! Part of our commitment as a Code Blue shelter site is providing warm meals for shelter guests. We need to ensure that there is a meal for each night we host the Code Blue shelter (December 30-January 31), so please use this SignUp Genius to sign up for a specific night.
In addition to proving meals, we are also in need of 4 kitchen volunteers to portion the meals each night and prepare to-go lunches for our guests. You can find out more about kitchen volunteer opportunities here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F49AFAD2FA1FB6-code1.
There are also food donations that we are in need of for lunches, breakfasts, etc. They can be found here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F49AFAD2FA1FB6-code.
Please consider the information below as you decide how you can help. Many thanks in advance – your generosity is a blessing!
Suggestions for meals:
Please provide a meal with a protein, vegetable and grain if possible.
Some suggestions for meals: LASAGNE; MACARONI & CHEESE; HOT DOGS & BEANS; MEAT LOAF, MASHED POTATOES with GRAVY; PORK & SAUERKRAUT; HAM & SCALLOPED POTATOES; PEROGIES; BAKED ZITI with MEAT BALLS/SAUSAGE; CHICKEN & RICE; or any foods that have protein and are easy to chew. Some of our homeless guests have dental problems and are not able to chew hard or crunchy foods. Also please be moderate with spices and seasonings.
Instructions for providing meals:
PLEASE PREPARE MEALS for 20 people in disposable covered large aluminum casserole pans. Our kitchen volunteers will package the meals in the kitchen for individual distribution to the guests when dinner is served at the shelter.
If you choose to add rolls or dessert, these need to be put into individual sandwich bags. So no pies, puddings, etc. Cakes, cookies, doughnuts, etc are great.
Please drop off the casseroles hot and ready to eat to the church kitchen at 7 PM. If you need to drop the meal off at another time, please text Erin Dalton at (215) 933-2246 to make other arrangements.
*** Because of COVID, everything needs to be disposable. ***
REMINDER: You will only need to cook for that evening if a Code Blue is called (usually wind chill factor of 26 degrees or less). If there is no Code Blue called, you will receive a call or email in the morning (usually before 10 AM) as soon as we are notified. (If you have prepared the meal ahead of time and a Code Blue is not called, you could always freeze it for possible use later in the month.)
Thank you for your willingness to prepare a meal for our homeless guests.
Your kindness is greatly appreciated by all of us!
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