The Co-op is sponsoring a new outreach initiative called “Sunday Suppers”. On Sunday nights starting this fall, after the Co-op closes its doors to shoppers, volunteers from the community will be cooking healthy, nutritious, and homemade meals in the Co-op kitchen — about 3-5 meals per person — and delivering them on Monday morning to local elderly and low income residents in need.
This spring, the Co-op’s Education Committee piloted Sunday Suppers, with 8 adult volunteers cooking and delivering 4-5 meals to 10 low-income or homebound seniors in Swarthmore and surrounding communities. We received great feedback from food recipients – who benefited from delicious, nutrient-rich, homemade meals that supported health – and volunteers, who cultivated a sense of service through cooking together for others in need.
Initial funds came from the organizers’ own pockets. The fundraiser held this Friday night from 5-8pm will provide the financing the Co-op needs to start Sunday Suppers up again this fall.