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Review for Potluck in the Park, Portland, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering for Potluck in the Park for a couple of years now. I work, primarily, with the kitchen staff and can't say enough about what a wonderful experience it is!! The volunteers for the kitchen staff come in every Sunday, quite a few regulars, and some occasionally, to share the experience. It ranges from young to older...a few Sundays ago we had 9 kids sharing their time to feed the needy! It sometimes amazes us to understand how it all comes together :) and it always does...there are volunteers who prep the food on Thursdays, garner food from various sources around the area, set up the park, coordinate fund raisers...I've heard it called the miracle of Potluck...At the kitchen, we help get the food out to the park to feed anywhere from 400-800 guests, each Sunday, depending on which weekend of the month it is...I love the camaraderie. We laugh and play as we work to provide casseroles, fresh fruit salad (Julie's specialty she does not compromise and lovingly cuts every chunk by hand from what we garner from the food banks), baked chicken, sandwiches, milk, fruit, bread. Our goal is to provide a hot home cooked meal to those in need. At 21 plus years Potluck is one of the most rewarding ways for me to reach out to those less fortunate, and it's my honor to be a part of it!

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Role:  Volunteer