Teen Feed—There’s Still Time to Give

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September’s Second Sunday Plate Collection benefits Teen Feed. Your generosity funds UUC’s Meal Team and its partnership with Teen Feed for nearly 20 years. In particular, these funds cover expenses for groceries and supplies for UUC’s crew to prepare and serve 18 meals each year. With about 1,000 homeless teens in King County, the need is great. If you haven’t yet contributed to the dedicated plate collection, you can still do so through September 25.

  • Give online and select “Special Plate” from the drop-down menu and enter “Teen Feed” in the memo line.
  • Drop off a check in the UUC office, with a memo note “Teen Feed.”
Susan Hajak and Steve Ellzey, wearing aprons, standing in front of an industrial freezer.

Our UUC Meal Team spans three generations and five decades, including UUC youth. Last Sunday, two of our volunteers, Steve Ellzey and Susan Hajek, shared more about their experiences as part of UUC’s Meal Team.

Knowing more about Teen Feed is key to understanding its mission and how hot meals lead to moving teens off the streets. So, Steve started his Sunday morning words by offering some facts about Teen Feed:

  • Teen Feed responds to the most basic needs of at-risk youth—offering healthy meals, advocacy, street outreach, and healthcare access
  • Has offered over 7,200 meals in 2022 and given more than 6000 hours in support to date
  • With about 1,000 youth and young adults are homeless on any given night, the need is great
  • 20-40% have experienced sexual abuse, with over 60% experiencing physical abuse
  • Up to 40% are LGBTQI, often leaving home after sharing this with family

More from Steve’s Testimony:

Susan and I have volunteered with the UUC meal team for several years. It turned the numbers into people, members of our extended community. And it gave us the gratification of having a hands-on approach as well as exercising our first principle, the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

From Susan’s Testimony:

We always feel that we have contributed to the community at large, and at the same time, had fun and gained new friends. I like that this is a multigenerational effort. While the churches where we prepare and serve meals has changed, the sense of community we have found when preparing meals with others at Teen Feed, remains unchanged. The need for the service and food by the youth, remains unchanged, perhaps, ever more so when the days get short and the weather becomes inclement.