What’s been on my plate recently: Vegetarian Minestrone Soup served in beautiful ceramic bowls. The soup was prepared by The Salvation Army (Parksville). The bowls were handmade and donated by The Arrowsmith Potters Guild.
This was part of the Bowl of Hope To Go Virtual Fundraiser that recently took place on May 28, World Hunger Day.
Tickets to this online event were $30.00 (Cdn) each. The proceeds ($3,700) will be used to support Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army Soup Kitchen. This kitchen currently provides meals for over 100 people four days per week.
Bowl of Hope participants received a pint of soup (chicken or vegetarian), a handmade pottery bowl (in their choice of colour/design), a link to the documentary ‘Us and Them’ and an online discussion with the filmmaker Krista Loughton. ‘Us and Them’ was designed to take viewers behind the scenes and stimulate rethinking on homelessness and housing insecurity. You can watch the first ten minutes here or view the trailer here.
The film was intense and powerful. The follow-up discussion was incredibly open and personal. I still have much rethinking to do.
Although this event has now passed, there are numerous ways that you can get involved and make a difference to homelessness and hunger in your community. When asked the question of how best to help, Krista reminded us not to overlook kindness. She recommended:
1. If you see someone on the street who is unhoused, acknowledge them. Smile, give eye contact or say hello. Don’t deliberately look away or cross the street.
2. If you are in a situation where others are criticizing homelessness, don’t stay silent — advocate.
3. Get Informed – Resources for Victoria, BC, can be found here. Similar resources in others areas can usually be found through a quick internet search. On June 15, Krista will lead an online film screening of Us & Them followed by a panel discussion. Tickets are free on Eventbrite.
4. Donate (money, time, canned goods or other resources)- Every donation, regardless of its size, adds up to make a huge difference.
You could also create your own version of Bowl of Hope To Go (with yourself, friends or family) with proceeds going to your local soup kitchen or similar organization. Be creative, have fun!
Food brings us together. It celebrates our culture, reflects our individuality, builds community and inspires our gratitude. I look forward to reading what’s been on your plate recently.
This month’s features:
Sheet Pan Shrimp & Asparagus (Deb – WOYP Inventor and Cohost)
Beef and Broccoli Soboro (Jo – Brookford Kitchen Diaries)
Sweet Potato Muffins (Sue – Women Living Well After 50)
Blueberry Muffins (Ju-Lyn – Touring My Backyard)
Chicken and Mushrooms (Tammy L. Breitweiser)
Saute Soft Shell Crab (Antoinette – Stories Served Around the Table)
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches (Janis – Retirementally Challenged)
Veg on the Grill (Marian Allen, Author Lady)