UUC Meal Team at Teen Feed

Winter is a particularly challenging time for those who are homeless. UUC has been a long-time partner with Teen Feed, a non-profit that offers support, meals and advocacy to homeless teens in our community. 

During the recent concerns around the Coronavirus, when health officials advise us to wash our hands frequently and reconsider whether we should interact in groups, it is even more challenging for those living on the streets or sleeping at shelters. They often don’t have places to wash their hands and often struggle with health problems year-round. That’s what makes homeless people more vulnerable to the Coronavirus. 

King County is working with local shelters and aid providers like Teen Feed, and recently spoke with nearly 200 representatives about the best practices for sanitization to minimize the risk. 

Last Friday, UUC’s Meal Team prepared and served up lasagna, soup, brownies, ice cream and more. Teen Feed provided advice about some menu adjustments — eliminate salad and fresh-cut vegetables, and offer only whole fruit in the near-term. UUC’s Meal Team focused on extra sanitizing of kitchen surfaces before and during meal prep, and while plating the food on the serving line. 

Friday’s meal was one of 18 that the UUC Meal Team prepares and serves each year. Year-round, these nightly meals  meals offer opportunities to build trust and rapport with teens. Teen Feed has always helped teens identify resources — related to housing, education, employment goals, along with any health concerns. Now, these meals are also helping teens keep apprised of health advisories related to the Coronavirus, and passing along safety tips, to reduce risk. 

UUC’s Meal Team brought compassion, warm smiles and open hearts….along with extra clean hands and some new sanitation guidelines, to help ensure Teen Feed can continue to offer safe, warm meals and connect with teens. 

Here are links to two articles that offer some perspective about how the Coronavirus might impact our neighbors who are homeless, one from the Seattle Times and another from My Northwest.