I want to take a moment to thank Rob Eno for making Saturday/Sunday’s Bread the charity for the upcoming RMG Christmas party. I hope everyone will join us, and help raise $$ for SSB.
I want to take a moment to tell you why it is important to support the good work SSB does.
SSB is a soup kitchen located in downtown Boston. It operates out of St. John’s the Evangelist Church. SSB is completely volunteer run, and receives no government assistance of any kind. All monies raised are from private donations.
SSB serves a hot nutritious meal every Saturday and Sunday. The total cost per meal (including food, dishes, plates, condiments) is approximately $6.00/meal. We serve on average about 170 meals per weekend, or between 9,000-10,000 meals per year.
SSB has been in operation since the mid-1980s. It was founded by Homer Platt, a retired Navy man who saw a need back in the day to provide meals for Boston’s homeless on weekends. Being a Navy Man, Homer adopted the term “Kitchen Executive” (KE) for the people who are in charge of the kitchen on a given Saturday or Sunday. Both Rob and I got involved with SSB through the Young Republicans. Rob and I are both KEs. Rob is also a better cook than I am, as any person who has gone to one of his parties can attest.
We raise between $35,000 – $40,000 per year. However, it typically costs us between $45,000 – $50,000 per year to run the kitchen. Thankfully, we have an endowment from monies raised about 20 years ago, that we can tap into to make up the difference. Long term, this is not sustainable. As such, we need to fundraise to make up the difference.
If anyone would like to see what SSB does first hand, please join me on Christmas Day. I will be cooking then – if there are any good cooks out there, please feel free to contact me to volunteer your service.
All are welcome, and please know that your $10 donation at the RMG party is $$ well spent.
You can learn more by visiting www.satsunbread.org. You can contact me at RichardHWheeler@Yahoo.com.
Thanks, and Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.