Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Feeding the Homeless

We have been hit by an arctic cold front. It was 15 degrees last night.  I had two large ham bones which I had saved in the freezer from my daughter's last event.  I pulled them out and made a huge pot of senate bean soup.

Nothing like a good hot bowl of soup on a cold winter's day.

I whipped up 6 large loaves of honey/buttermilk bread.

My house smelled so good!

I was able to make 15 quarts from the 2 bones.

I delivered it to the mission and they were very happy to receive it.  They raved about the food I dropped off to them the day before. I think their normal food is more like prison food.  I think more than the food, they appreciate someone caring about them enough to make homemade food. Now I am on a mission to find affordable food which I can make in large quantities and still maintain the quality.  I am hoping to cook for them twice a week. 

25 comments:

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

That soup warms both the body and soul!

Have a great day!
Christer.

MandaBurms said...

Imagine if you have started a ripple and many others do the same.
Lots of love Leanne NZ

AkasaWolfSong said...

Bless You, Bless You Jaz, for all that you do!!! I know the homeless thank you greatly.
Namaste'

Creepy Glowbugg said...

You are such a beautiful soul! So many are blessed by your kindness and others are inspired by it!
Wishing you a magical 2013!!

Laurie said...

Garry and I were talking about you last night, lol, were your ears burning, I had told him what a kind thing you were doing and he said maybe you could cook for them at the mission or what ever facility it is.I then said your recipes are quite elaborate, not all of them but you do amazing dishes , I don't mean this in a bad way at all but pretty fancy stuff to prepare on a bulk basis , although you do prepare mos things in large quantities I don't a mission would have the ingredients for everything you prepare, I just was wondering how you could prepare them cost friendly for a place like that, I see you are thinking along the same lines.When it comes right down to it there is nothing more delicious and basic than soup and homemade bread is there, you are such a good soul you are, I believe in Karma and you will be rewarded for your kindness this I'm sure,

Patty Woodland said...

That's filling as and healthy so you can't ask for much more than that! I'm sure they are beyond thrilled that you walked in their door

Dee said...

You are so very thoughtful. I am sure the homeless love your food.

Tractor Mom said...

Yummy.....

Suzanne said...

What a wonderful inspiration you are

Nellie said...

This is such a good thing you are doing! Bless you!

the wild magnolia said...

This is so exciting. Restaurants and farmer's markets and stores and some other "hoomans" will donate food.

Blessings and blessings.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Mmmm, that soup sounds good!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I made soup tonight too. We are in the single digits and soup warms the body well on nights like this. Ham bones always make such a delicious soup. How thoughtful of you to deliver the soup to the mission. I bet they were so appreciative.

Debby said...

Hopefully the right people will hear about what you are doing and will donate money or supplies for you. Not only are you generous but you have such a caring heart.

Michele said...

Bet that yummy soup and bread warmed quite a few tummies. Kudos.

edenhills said...

You are so wonderful to do this!

Barb said...

Those folks will love you!! Many of our restaurants are willing to help. The DH and I helped out at a half-way house. Church people should also be willing to do their part.

Ellen in Oregon said...

Maybe you could contain the cost of the ingredients by grabbing the ear of a few local grocery store managers. They may be able to give you produce or meat items that they have over ordered or are coming close to the cut-off date. You could tell them that you have a cooking blog with a large readership and if they could help donate part of the food, in return, you could mention the name of the store in the blog. They might like gettig the free advertising and having it out there that they are contributing to a local charity. Sometimes it doesn't take a lot of convincing if they think they will get recognition. I've done this a few times in the past and had pretty good luck, esp. with the smaller independent grocers vs. the big chain stores. Just something to consider. You could also think about sending a mass email to all your local friends letting them know what you are doing and ask them to consider a donation to help you make your project take off. Another idea is to talk with the local paper about doing an article about the soup kitchen, what you are trying to do and letting people know you are in need of financial assistance to make it happen. Of course, you would want to discuss your ideas with the Board or leaders of the soup kitchen before taking anything public. They can also tell you what they have already tried and seek their input.

Chris said...

What a wonderful thing.

John'aLee said...

You touch my heart my friend...

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

You are on a mission! A good one!

And look! You have found a way to perk up these cold, dull, nothing-going-on-months.

You win.

The homeless win.

You are brilliant.

You are using your skills, to do good.

Hugs.......

HappyCrone said...

Hamhocks are cheap as chips, a couple of those with a couple bags of navy beans, and pans of cornbread....nothing better! You are an amazing Woman, you bring light and laughter and good food.
From this Witch, I think there is nothing better!

Cheryl said...

Great way to start the New Year, Jaz!

Kelly said...

Very caring action. Our shelter serves 3 meals a day every day with no budget. We have donated extra eggs on occasion. I know they are so happy to have your tasty food and you love to cook.

Natasha said...

what a wonderful action of human kindess!!!