Creative cooking turns food donations into meals for homeless people

Image courtesy of Friends of the Homeless

Friends of the Homeless (FOH) in Springfield provides critical services, including serving over 150,000 meals every year. FOH serves three meals a day, seven days a week. Their licensed kitchen operates 365 days a year. On a typical day, 180 dinners are served. FOH operates with the support of dedicated partners and hundreds of volunteers. Food is donated by Project Bread and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, with frequent truck deliveries from Rachel’s Table and Performance Food Group.

The kitchen director is highly creative and adaptable, incorporating unexpected food deliveries into nutritious, culturally-appropriate, and delicious meals. The commercial kitchen also doubles as a training center, teaching skills and providing jobs to clients. Over the long term, Executive Director Bill Miller would like to forge new partnerships with local food producers, increasing the offerings of local fresh food and supporting local businesses at the same time.

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