By Laurel Kapros
Early Sunday mornings used to find me still in bed, sleeping, unaware of the waking city, of people getting up and needing a good, hot meal. But that was before I started spending Sunday mornings volunteering for the Hospitality Hour at St. Francis Lutheran Church on Market and Church streets in San Francisco.
Spending Sundays in a church is a new experience for me. I was not raised with much traditional religion, but I did grow up in a shared food community, with group gardens and sharing of resources, to make sure everyone had enough to eat. So this morning I join a crew of dedicated volunteers, community members and church leaders to feed a meal to 90 to 140 marginally housed and homeless San Franciscans. We might all still be a little sleepy, but there is an air of camaraderie in the kitchen and dining room. We work together to get ready for the morning meal, making up the desert plates, prepping the food, setting the tables with bouquets of flowers. So that when the men, women and families come, we will be ready to serve up salad and hot chicken stew, hand out fruit and a few sweet treats, make sure that people leave with bags of pantry items like oranges, bread and yogurt.
|Two homeless children get a tour of the church after the meal.|