September’s Dedicated Plate Collection Benefits Teen Feed

Seven smiling people, wearing masks, in an industrial kitchen
UUC Meal Team volunteers at Teen Feed, September 2020 (Taking a quick break from social distancing just for the photo)

For 16 years, UUC has partnered with Teen Feed, a non-profit that provides services, support and meals to homeless teens. Through nightly meals and street outreach, Teen Feed fosters trusting relationships with youth, and then offers support and resources that enable them to establish a plan to stabilize their lives. The Second Sunday Social Justice Plate Collection this month of supports the work of UUC’s work with Teen Feed. 

Teen Feed has continued its work throughout the Stay Healthy order, with meal teams creatively assembling 80 to-go boxes nightly. In March, our UUC Meal Team pivoted from a 13-15 member crew to a small, on-site team of 4-5 preparing an entree and a side dish. At least 4 more families prepare items from their home kitchen, like packets of chocolate chip cookies or pans of fried rice. Then, UUC’s crew assembles 80 to-go boxed meals, and those are served up by Teen Feed staff. 

Five smiling people, wearing masks, in an industrial kitchen, with stacks of to-go boxes
UUC Meal Team volunteers at Teen Feed, August 2020 (Taking a quick break from social distancing just for the photo)

The to-go boxes, prepared nightly, by teams from congregations like ours, create an opportunity for Teen Feed staff to meet with teens individually. As usual, they build rapport with the teens and connect them to resources. But now, they also share health updates, offer hand sanitizer and advice about COVID symptoms and testing. Teen Feed’s outreach during this pandemic is modified, but remains critical to teens living on the streets.

Our UUC Meal Team is an intergenerational crew, spanning three generations and six decades. Over the Labor Day weekend, UUC teams prepared meals on both Friday and Sunday nights! Your generosity on September 13 will cover expenses for groceries and kitchen supplies for the 18 meals that UUC hosts. This year, UUC will prepare nearly 1,500 boxed meals — expanding our efforts to allow for plenty of seconds, plus late night food handed out at Roots Shelter.

Click here to contribute online — choose “Special Plate Collection” and note “September Plate for Teen Feed” on the Memo line.