Guest post by Jenay Ross, Print and Digital Journalism major//Music Industry minor, University of Southern California: Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you were homeless? What it would be like if you didn’t have the same bed to sleep in every night or if you didn’t have a fridge to go through to search for a snack?
I think about it every time I feed the hungry.
Tonight I volunteered for Mission Solano’s Nomadic Shelter Program hosted by the Rockville Presbyterian Church in Fairfield. It was the most put-together food line I had ever volunteered at.
I don’t mean in terms of how organized it was, but how special everything looked. Instead of paper plates and plastic utensils, they used real plates and silverware placed on nice table cloths with candle center pieces.
The clients, or “guests,” arrived by bus shortly after 6:15PM, clean from their showers back at Mission Solano and ready for a filling meal.
Tonight’s meal consisted of glazed ham, green beans, mashed potatoes. bread, salad and a variety of cakes.
As if their “thank yous weren’t enough to warm my heart, every face had gratefulness written all over it. I even had the pleasure of having a conversation with a few of them about my own experiences at other food lines and my journalism endeavors.
One thing that blew me away was how helpful the clients were. They didn’t just congregate somewhere else while the volunteers cleaned up. They started breaking down tables, putting away chairs and even mopped up the floor while the volunteers did the dishes.
My favorite moment of the night was when a lovely young man was playing the church’s piano and started singing while some of the others laughed and danced.
Now the people are being tucked away at the church for a good night’s rest with a roof over their heads.
No one should ever go hungry and sometimes it’s up to us, the more fortunate souls, to be there for them.
Editor’s Note: Mission Solano is a Food Bank Partner Agency. To learn more about our agencies visit: https://www.foodbankccs.org/get-help/member-agencies.html