On Saturday, September 13, Gay Porterville will be taking part in a volunteer opportunity through an amazing organization in Fresno. The organization is called “M.E.A.L.—Meals Engaging All Lives.” They focus on preparing hot, home cooked meals for the homeless, and delivering the meals to them. They also aim to alleviate some of the stigma associated with homelessness.
The following is information from their Official Website.
“Fresno's Meals Engaging All Lives (M.E.A.L.) is creating an experience with homeless individuals through a home-cooked meal…[We are] Breaking the stigma placed upon homeless individuals.”
Fresno’s M.E.A.L. was founded on November 4, 2013 by Justin Kamimoto. You may recognize the name, as he is also the founder of the website MyLGBTPlus!
On each designated date, volunteers are asked to meet at The Painted Table, a local Fresno restaurant that is a proud partner of M.E.A.L. This is where the food is prepared, the bags are personalized (no two bags look alike!), and the food is packaged and prepared to be delivered straight to those in need.
After that, volunteers carpool to two locations to hand deliver the meals to homeless individuals, with no judgment and a smile on their faces. The goal is to make sure to defeat any stigma that is unfairly associated with homeless individuals. Having a proper attitude is of paramount importance in making sure that this can be accomplished. Homeless individuals are often treated poorly. M.E.A.L. is all about changing that.
To date, M.E.A.L. has successfully prepared and delivered 750+ meals to homeless individuals in Fresno. Their goal is to make that number 1,000 by November of this year.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, we will be leaving for Fresno on Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 AM. Volunteering starts at 9:00 AM. Transportation will be provided for up to 4 people, so if you're interested, let us know ASAP. If you ride with us, we will only be volunteering for the first half of the day (Food Prep). If you're riding by yourself, you can register for both portions if you'd like (Food Prep and Delivery).
You must register to take part in this event.
We hope you can make it! It’s sure to be a fantastic experience.