Saturday Supper happens every Saturday at the Gilroy Compassion Center from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m during the months from April to November. My husband had a desire to fill a gap in our town for a free meal on Saturday. This is the only day during the week that, if needed, there isn’t a place to get a meal. Last year we started with a small group of volunteers. Tony found five groups to “own” a Saturday. That helped with this mission not becoming too overwhelming to any one person. Although there are five groups, we are there every Saturday; opening, setting up, serving, and cleaning up. The group that owns a Saturday is responsible for bringing all the food to be served. Each group has found their own volunteers. The Saturday Supper program is thriving. It is a place for people to gather, fellowship, and have a comfortable place to sit, relax and enjoy a meal. On average there are about 45 people served.
On August 8, Little Caesars provided the meal. They have a traveling “Love Kitchen”. It is a pizza kitchen on wheels. Their kitchen travels across the United States and Canada helping communities feed the hungry, the homeless and disaster survivors. The local Gilroy franchise owner knew about the Saturday Supper program and recommended us. The Love Kitchen came at no cost and donated all their time and supplies. They cooked fresh pizzas on-site.
Local Little Caesars franchise owners and company regional offices donate all food and labor costs for the Love Kitchen servings. An estimated 50,000 Little Caesars franchise owners and employees have volunteered their time over the years to support the program in their local communities.
To read more about their program: http://littlecaesars.com/AboutUs/LoveKitchen.aspx
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