Update from the big, white tent

Update from the big, white tent

March 19, 2020

In just four days, Miriam’s Kitchen has quickly adapted programs to both live out our core value that guests are the center of everything we do and uphold our responsibility to keep our community healthy, safe and informed. A few highlights from the past week:

  • We moved meal service from the dining room to a big, white tent out in the courtyard. On the first day, we provided about 75 meals per shift. During dinner last night, we distributed approximately 125 to-go meals and 90 meals this morning for breakfast.
  • With hand sanitizers in short supply, our teams have been filling condiment containers with liquid hand soap to distribute during street outreach.
  • We have been in regular conversation with other providers and city officials to stay abreast of late-breaking news that might impact our work. We’ve also been constantly reviewing processes to comply with updated guidance on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Miriam’s Kitchen and the larger community.

You can read more about our response efforts in a recent article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy: How One Group that Serves the Homeless is Responding to the Crisis – 

As the nation takes precautionary measures to wash our hands, stay at home, and avoid large gatherings, let’s remember that not all our neighbors are able to follow those basic protocols without a safe place to call home.

Will you donate today to support our emergency response to provide critical services to our neighbors experiencing homelessness?  https://miriamskitchen.org/helpnow/

Your tax-deductible donation enables us to provide immediate support and adapt programs as news around the coronavirus evolves. Miriam’s Kitchen is just 1 of 4 remaining homeless service organizations providing food. Your support matters, but you don’t have to take my word for it:

  •  “It feels like the whole world is closing, so it means a lot that you are staying open to provide meals,” said one guest.   
  • “We are the last source of support many of our clients have right now,” said Sari Frankel, Miriam’s Kitchen, Street Outreach  

Thank you to the 136 individuals who have already donated to emergency response efforts. Your early support enabled us to rent restrooms with sinks, purchase to-go containers to move meal services outside and take other steps needed to keep our community safe.

We are grateful to have a caring community that includes more than 12,000 neighbors who give back as volunteers, advocates, and donors—making our mission possible.

We’re calling on you now to step up and support our guests experiencing homelessness—who need your support now more than ever. Please donate today at https://miriamskitchen.org/helpnow/

Thanks for standing with us during this time of uncertainty. Your support means so much.

Sincerely,

Scott Schenkelberg

President & CEO

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