Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Volunteers unfazed by pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic struck. Businesses and schools shut down. Most people stayed home.

But the volunteers at Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen continued to show up to feed those in need – the poor, the jobless, the underemployed, the homeless.

In fact, the volunteers were “unfazed.” That’s how Kitchen Director Ed Morgan put it.

There was one big change, however. Instead of serving guests in the dining hall, they prepared hot meals-to-go.

"Guests come in the front door; pick up a meal, dessert, fruit on tables set up, and leave through the back door," Ed noted. "This works well, and any contact closer than 6 feet is minimalized."

The volunteers are “amazing,” he added, saying he was humbled by “their continued commitment during these difficult times.”