Sunday’s Plate Collection Benefits Teen Feed

On January 14th, the Social Justice Plate Collection will benefit Teen Feed. UUC has partnered with Teen Feed for nearly a dozen years. UUC’s Meal Team includes an intergenerational crew of 25, preparing and serving 18 meals per year — either on the 1st Sunday or the 1st Friday each month.

Last weekend, two UUC Meal Teams were abuzz in the kitchen. On Friday, 8 volunteers prepared and served baked spaghetti, salad with plenty of veggies, garlic bread, brownies and ice cream to about 30 teens. The hit of the night — most of the teens came back for seconds and thirds of brownies, OJ and the peanut brittle ice cream. Then, on Sunday, another UUC crew of 14 prepared baked ham, mac and cheese, roasted veggies, salad, chocolate chip cookies. Our meals provided an opportunity for Teen Feed staff, Board members and volunteer advocates to talk with the teens about community resources.
Teen Feed provides services, support and meals to homeless teens in the University District. 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.

These Teen Feed meals, coordinated every night of the year by teams from churches, like UUC — plus teams from community organizations and businesses — create an opportunity for Teen Feed advocates to establish rapport with these teens and help them move toward their goals — to finish earn a high school diploma, enroll in college, land a job or locate housing. In 2017, Teen Feed helped 45 youth transition from homelessness to stable housing.

Through Teen Feed, we create a beloved community with others from UUC and with the teens we meet each month. On January 14th, give generously to the Social Justice Plate Collection to benefit Teen Feed. Funds are dedicated to cover all the groceries for the 18 meals prepared and served by UUC’s Meal Team.