3.11.2009

To the top

I had something else in mind for you today, but this is so exciting, so big, that I had to pass it along instead.


A month or so ago, at one of the Slow Food dinners held in Eastham, the organization donated the proceeds to a local food pantry. Rather than simply offer the kitchen money (which in all likelihood would be used to purchase food from far away), they set it up instead so that the donation would be used to purchase fresh, healthy seafood from local fishermen. They did the legwork, so that the pantry didn't have to. After all, between cooking and ordering and scheduling, finding the time to track down fishermen is quite understandably a bit too much for most kitchens run by volunteers.

Now our First Lady is encouraging all of us to do the very same. Politics aside, that's a beautiful thing.

Just yesterday, my mother reminded me of Margaret Mead's words. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." She's right. Slowly, slowly things can begin to change. From the bottom, all the way to the top.

If you're anything like me, you probably can't imagine a happier way to volunteer than to cook. Well—there are plenty of soup kitchens around here. All you have to do to find out what you can offer is ask.

I just called Provincetown, and it couldn't have been easier. I'll let you know not this Friday, but the next, how it goes. I hope you'll keep me posted just the same.


FALMOUTH
Falmouth Service Center/Meals Program
611 Gifford Street
508.548.2794

HYANNIS
Calvary Baptist Church/Meals Program
25 Lincoln Ave
508.775.7018

Salvation Army/Hyannis Soup Kitchen
100 North Street
508.775.0364

ORLEANS
Lower Cape Lunch
61 Canal Street
774.722.3245

PLYMOUTH
Salvation Army/Plymouth Meals
8 Carver Street
508.746.1559

PROVINCETOWN
Provincetown Soup Kitchen
11 Shankpainter Road
508.487.8331

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