Friday Night Supper Program

Volunteers prepare food at the Friday Night Supper Program

November Newsletter

By Friday Night Supper on November 30, 2017

Happy Holidays!
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November 2017
November at FNSP is centered around our Thanksgiving meal, one of our two most elaborate dinners of the year. This year, our community once again rallied around our program, offering time, energy, and funds to provide our guests with a delightful holiday feast. We pride ourselves on serving carefully prepared meals from scratch every week, nutritionally sound and incorporating local and organic produce whenever possible. Dinners usually comprise a protein, a starch, and a vegetable side or a salad. Cameron’s seasonal menus feature many ingredients from the Greater Boston Food Bank, produce from
Lovin’ Spoonfuls, and a a few necessities purchased from a local restaurant supply company.  Around noon each Friday, Cameron is joined by 2-4 reliable kitchen volunteers, who execute the meal.
A fresh and hearty Thanksgiving feast_
Our Thanksgiving feast requires a bit more, and our staff, board, and volunteers once again stepped up and made it happen. In the first week of November, Cameron led a group of Boston Cares volunteers in a deep-clean of our kitchen, making room in our freezers and refrigerator for all of the extra food we needed, including 15 turkeys from the food bank. Since we don’t have the capacity to roast 15 turkeys, we once again relied upon the generosity and ovens of our neighbors at The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton Towers to cook the birds. Two days before the meal, FNSP board members loaded the frozen turkeys into a car and ferried them over to the top of the park, picking them up cooked on Thursday for the meal. Our kitchen volunteers worked double duty, coming in on Thursday afternoon to carve turkey and peel potatoes and returning early on Friday to prep all of the components of the meal. Whole Foods Brighton donated organic squash and fresh herbs for the gravy. In the evening, we required many more volunteers than on a typical night–instead of 3 food servers, we needed 6, and we had gift bags to fill and distribute, and whipped cream to dollop on the pies. In addition to our board members, regulars, and Boston Cares volunteers, we were joined by a group from HOW House and our meal sponsors, Jill Cochran and friends.
We couldn’t be happier with how the evening went. Dinner was delicious, service went smoothly, we had enough pie to share with our volunteers, and even with all of that extra work, we managed to get out in time! We are so grateful to all who come together to make our holiday a success, and we hope that all of you had wonderful holidays of your own.
Winter Meal Sponsorships Available!
 
At this time of year, we hear from a lot of folks interested in bringing a group of family, friends, or co-workers to volunteer. Most of our winter volunteer slots are booked, but we have two slots available for interested groups: January 5th and February 7th. Meal sponsorship is a wonderful way to make an impact: your company may choose to sponsor a meal, or you may decide to pool funds with your friends or family, knowing that your donation of $300 will cover the meal for all 150 of our guests. A monetary donation, while not required, is a tremendous help to our program. If neither of the above dates work for you, please don’t hesitate to inquire about Fridays in March and beyond. We look forward to working with you!
Many Thanks to Jill Cochran and friends!
Special Thanks to Colony Realty Partners
We want to extend a heartfelt thanks to Josh and his colleagues at Colony Realty, who have made a generous annual donation to the program for the last several Novembers. Your generosity allows us to provide really specials meals to our deserving guests. Thank you!
Our Clothing Closet Wish List

We still need seasonal clothing to distribute to our guests. Our current needs include pants of all sizes (except women’s size 4 or less), men’s sneakers (especially size 9-13) and 

fall/ winter outdoor jackets.
We are not able to use dresses, suits, or children’s clothing. We are perennially in need of new socks and underwear. Bringing new socks or underwear to your volunteer shift is an easy way to make a big difference in a guest’s day. We’ve created an Amazon wish list to make it even easier to contribute these basic items. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions about clothing donations. We will do whatever we can to accommodate you.

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