The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 19th, 2015
Over the holiday season, my youngest
daughter and I had the opportunity to help prepare and serve a meal at a
local soup kitchen. We worked with other volunteers in assembly- line
fashion to fill plates of food for hungry folks waiting in a queue that
stretched around a large room and out the door.
As each plate came down the line with ham and potatoes, I plopped
some salad on it, and my daughter added a piece of bread and a brownie.
From there I handed the plate over a counter to a server, who gave it to
the next person in line. The whole process of serving more than 200
people lasted only 45 minutes, but it was intense. With so many hungry
people waiting, you wanted to get the plates filled and distributed as
quickly as possible.