As you enter Elizabeth Gregory Home’s Day Center in the morning, you are often greeted by the smell of biscuits hot from the oven. A hot protein-dense breakfast is already on the table as women file into our kitchen and dining area to eat after a night in a shelter.
Sharing a meal at Elizabeth Gregory Home is an essential part of the welcoming feeling at the core of EGH. “We’re family!” said Teresa. “We sit at the table in the kitchen and we talk, we tell jokes and laugh a lot.”
Thanks to our partnership with Food Lifeline, volunteers drive each Wednesday to the Food Lifeline warehouse and pick-up 1,500 – 1,700 pounds of food for the EGH Day Center.
In 2016, EGH received 86,865 pounds of food valued at $138,984. This food is prepared by clients, staff and volunteers as congregate meals, in addition to allowing individuals to cook food for themselves. This provides rare and welcome opportunities for women to address special dietary needs or cultural expression.
Several women have earned their food handler’s permits in order to both help prepare meals for the Day Center, as well as acquire job readiness skills. “Getting here first thing to cook really helps me to get out of bed in the morning and it gives me self-confidence,” Linda said.
Every Thursday, Food Lifeline’s program known as “Seattle’s Table” facilitates the delivery of prepackaged foods, such as salads and sandwiches that women can either eat at our Day Center or take with them at the end of the day. This nationally recognized program gleans prepared and perishable foods from local restaurants, hotels, universities and corporate cafeterias and delivers it to over 50 meal programs in King County. For more information about this and other Food Lifeline programs, visit their website at www.foodlifeline.org.
Images from top right volunteers Lonness and Amy who regularly pick up food on Wednesday’s were able to pack 1,372 pounds of food into Amy’s Prius.