SAME Cafe | Serving Good Food for the Greater Good

March Profile

Jane, Susan, and Norma have been volunteering at SAME for 3.5 years. 
They came on board prior to the dining room addition and prior to Libby
coming on full time.  The idea to start volunteering came when Jane read
about SAME in 5280 magazine.  She was teaching nutrtion to food stamp
recipients at the time.  She was passionate about nutrition.  She
thought that SAME Cafe would be a great place to get healthy food out to
people in need so she came and tried it and quickly convinced her
friends to join her.  Norma had been volunteering with Meals on Wheels
for 18 years.  She was the volunteer coordinator and delivered meals
twice a week.  Norma thinks volunteering at SAME is just a bit more
fun.  We don’t ever ask Norma to grind flour though because she has
nightmares from a flour disaster in her early days volunteering here. 
One of Jane’s favorite memories of SAME is from when she was
volunteering on a really busy Tuesday and she took her lunch break.  She
saw the tea was getting low and so she ran back to the fridge and
grabbed a pitcher of what she thought was tea.  She marched up to the
front and started to dump the liquid into the tea dispenser, all the
while Brad was trying to get her attention from the line.  He kept
politely say, “Jane, Jane.”  Jane continued pooring just happy to help
Brad when he was really busy.  Finally, Brad stopped her and let her
know, she was pooring chicken stock into the tea container.  These three
ladies are near and dear to our hearts.  They are dedicated and
passionate about being here at SAME.  They love getting to spend time
with each other here, sharing lifes events like grandkids, weddings, and
deaths. The Tuesday Ladies, as we like to call them, even hosted a
brunch to “Fill the Pantry” for SAME Cafe.  They go above and beyond the
call of duty and we appreciate them.  All three of them talk about how
powerful it is to be a part of something that gives dignity along with a
meal and that we assume the best of everybody that comes through the
door – even volunteers.  Thank you for your love and service to SAME. 
We love you guys! 

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