June 23, 2008
I helped serve dinner here last week, standing in the "assembly" line putting peaches and nectarines on the meal trays. It's fantastic that Glide has this First Meals program, where clients can come have a hot breakfast, lunch, or dinner anonymously, without fear of needing to register or be solicited in any way, in a dining hall. If clients are still hungry after receiving their first meal tray, they can ask for another meal ticket and get another tray. The kitchen staff are friendly, welcoming, hardworking, and speedy, and they try to create meals that are as nutritious as possible with the food that they receive from San Francisco Food Bank. However, the dinner shift runs from 3:30pm-5:30pm, which may be more convenient than a more standard dinner time for the servers and volunteers, but seems to be too early for the clients. Something like 5:30-7:30pm seems to be more reasonable, especially during the summer when it doesn't get dark until 9pm (if safety is the concern).
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
determined, hardworking, speedy.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Volunteer & I helped serve dinner here.