Holiday Giving to Benefit Teen Feed

Teen Feed provides services, support and meals to homeless teens in the University District. Last Sunday, UUC’s meal team prepared and served another meal, as it does 18 times throughout the year. UUC has partnered with Teen Feed for over a dozen years. This time was enchiladas and fresh-made salsa. Whatever the entrée, there’s always salad, vegetables and plenty of ice cream with chocolate sauce. It starts with chopping, mixing and laughter in the kitchen, followed by time to converse a bit with the teens in the serving line.

UUC has partnered with Teen Feed for over a dozen years. UUC’s Meal Team includes an intergenerational crew of 25, with most volunteering at 6-8 meals annually-either on the first Sunday or the first Friday each month.

For the last two years, during December, UUC holiday giving has focused on Teen Feed, a critical safety net for homeless teens. You have donated hats, gloves, coats, socks and more. Winter, and the holidays in particular, are even more challenging for teens living on the streets or competing for a shelter bed each evening.

With our temporary home at Meadowbrook, we are not able to collect boxes of donated clothing. So, instead of the Warm Clothes Giving Campaign, like the last few years, the December Social Justice Plate Collection on December 9 will benefit Teen Feed. Whatever your donation-$10, $50, $100 or more-it will be used to buy much-needed items this month. You may also contribute to this fund online through December 21.

Through nightly meals and street outreach, Teen Feed attempts to foster trusting relationship with youth, and then offers support and resources that can help them establish a plan. Teen Feed’s goal-prevent long-term homelessness.