Life, Soul

Volunteering to Serve Food at Your Local Soup Kitchen Works Wonders

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” -Mike Tyson

Serving food is one of the most generous things you can do for someone else. Can you remember the last person you cooked a meal for? Consider volunteering at a soup kitchen and see what happens. 🙂

I just attended a talk titled Poverty: What’s Really Needed for the Conference of World Affairs, at CU Boulder. Lara Gilmore was my favorite speaker of the panel, although they were all amazing. 

Along with her husband, world renowned chef Massimo Bottura, they have created a non-profit Food For The Soul. They are dedicated to using food waste to feed the hungry. The mission is simple, and it is working! They create soup kitchens that are crafted with beauty in mind, so that people can not feel ashamed to be eating and create positive relationships and connections to move forward in life.

Hunger and food waste are huge issues not only in the United States but around the world. The goal is to try and find a community based solution to these problems. They have a great idea and you can read more about it on their website http://www.foodforsoul.it/ or in this article from GrubStreet.

One of the biggest takeaways that I got from the talk is that everyone can and should go volunteer to serve food in a soup kitchen. It is a simple act and they are always needing help. You can create a new network of positive individuals. People who work in the soup kitchens are most likely going to be some of the nicest people you’ll encounter. 

This graphic shows how Food for the Soul is changing the way in which society can feed the hungry and impoverished.

I served in the Denver Soup Kitchen once with my youth group, but after listening to the panel today, I am going to volunteer again within the next month.

What do you think about the problems of hunger and food waste? Leave a comment.

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