The Co-op sponsors an outreach initiative called “Sunday Suppers”. On Sunday nights, after the Co-op closes its doors to shoppers, volunteers from the community cook healthy, nutritious, and homemade meals in the Co-op kitchen — about 3-5 meals per person — and deliver them on Monday morning to local elderly and low income residents in need.
Last 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.
The Co-op’s successful fundraiser dinner in August 2011 raised over $3500 for this effort. Over three-quarters of Swarthmore businesses supported the program, along with more than 150 residents.
Our most recent menu:
- Corn & Leek Chowder
- Baked Salmon with Mushrooms, Rosemary & Lemon
- Wheat Berry Salad with Tomato, Cucumber, Feta & Mint
- Asparagus with Almonds
- Fresh Strawberries
- Whole Wheat Roll with Pastured Butter