Week by week volunteers from parishes and schools meet with
coordinators to offer a free meal to all-comers on Saturday nights. We probably
don’t get how important this is. It allows some of the needs of people who are
hungry to be met. It allows us who are well-supported, to be able to volunteer
out of our wealth and good fortune to offer some sustenance to others. This is
a good thing.
But it is of course not only the food (though that is important)but the human contact. I have been struck in
the few weeks I have been here how people know each other, and things about
each other’s lives. So that there are meaningful and friendly conversations.
How careful the volunteer coordinators are, also,to respect the dignity of the guests. I think
this, too, is just as, if not more, important.