Broken Bus meals
Thank you so much for offering to provide a meal to those experiencing homelessness in our city. Your blessing of food will go directly from you, travel downtown on the bus, and go directly into the stomachs of the most needy in our area! Your gift of cooking and providing a meal to feed others is so greatly appreciated.
Although pictured, main meal options do not need to be soup. Chili, sandwiches, casseroles, sloppy jo's, pulled pork, taco meat, sandwiches or any food we can transport and serve out of the back of the bus is appreciated. On average, we serve 30 people per weekend and provide food for that number each week. Combined with snacks and desserts, the main meal item does not need to be a huge portion however, cooking too much in never a problem! We are pros at freezing!
If you are not a fan of cooking and would like to purchase a meal for us to serve, by all means, please do! Frozen meals from Sam's Club, Costco, GFS or your local grocery store are just fine. Our friends also enjoy restaurant meals including fried chicken, pizza or even McDonald's hamburgers. Gift cards work extremely well when we pick up the food at a restaurant.
Snacks, for example, can range from chips, cereal bars, crackers, trail mix, bananas, oranges or any other cut up fruit. Perhaps if someone is providing soup, the snack option can be rolls and crackers to go along with the soup. Due to the poor condition of the teeth of those we serve, we asked that snacks provided be something soft rather than items like hard granola bars.
Regarding dessert: any yummy dessert is so loved by those we serve. Individually portioned items are easiest us to serve however, if you are a pro at baking pies, cakes, cookies or brownies, we can certainly dish those out as well! Please provide enough desserts for 30 servings.
We would appreciate you providing your home cooked meal on Thursday of your assigned week. This will allows us to thaw (if frozen) and reheat the food prior to our Saturday or Sunday morning serves. If Thursday is not convenient, our food coordinator (Sue) can make other arrangements to meet you at another time to get the food. Several days prior to your sign-up date, Sue will contact you. Please be sure to leave your email address or phone number in the comment section when you sign up.
Food can be brought in disposable containers (casseroles) or large Ziploc bags (soup or chili). We will then reheat it and put it into our serving warmers on the day of the serve. We can also freeze soup in the bags. If needed, we can also transfer food into one of our plastic freezer containers at the bus facility and return your container.
Sometimes the week of your sign-up date isn't always the most convenient for you to cook. If you need to cook early, we can get the food from you and freeze it and then serve it on the date you signed up for. Cook when it is best for you.
Please keep all receipts as our purchases are tax deductible and we will certainly provide our tax ID number for your records.
If you have any question and to arrange delivery of your meal, please email Michele at [email protected].
Bless all of you for offering to provide meals for the most needy in our community! Our ministry is run by 100% volunteers, including Board Members with no paid staff. Your contributions go directly to those we serve.
|| Michele Bailes