Serving compassion: Monthly vegan luncheons for Simpson Housing residents

February 19, 2024

Volunteers preparing lunch at the January Simpson’s lunch: Hannah Owens Pierre, Nicola Philpott and Brian Hagerty

Did you hear the exciting news? We’ve launched a monthly program to serve delicious vegan lunches at Simpson Housing! In January, we kicked it off with creamy tomato basil and potato leek soups accompanied by grilled cheese sandwiches. Six dedicated volunteers cooked delicious food and forged connections with residents as they served them and dined together. Not only did they make a positive impact for the residents, but they also built connections with each other while cooking and cleaning up. By serving plant-based meals to these unhoused individuals, we show compassion for both humans and nonhuman animals.

Our monthly luncheons take place at 128 W 33rd St, Minneapolis and will serve around 25 residents each time. Simpson Housing Services provides shelter for approximately seventy unhoused individuals every night and collaborates with community groups to provide meals for the shelter residents. Learn more about Simpson Housing Services and their programs.

The full volunteer team at the January lunch

Our next luncheon will be on February 23. This time, we will be serving a scrumptious vegan menu of pancakes, french toast, sausage, and strawberry syrup. We already have all the volunteers we need for that date, but you can still help out at a future event. If you are interested in our March 14 event, sign up to reserve your slot today.  Stay tuned to our newsletter and social media for other upcoming dates.

Each month, we will gather at 10:30am for introductions and kitchen prep. Together, we’ll whip up a hearty meal and serve it to residents. After sharing lunch with residents, we’ll tidy up and conclude by 1pm.

We extend our gratitude to volunteers Nicola Philpott and Jesse Johnson for their outstanding work in organizing and coordinating these events. Their dedication has been instrumental in making this program a success.

Join us at a future date to help in spreading compassion and making a positive impact through our monthly vegan lunch program at Simpson Housing.

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