Only eight hours after winding up an evening of Trivia and Music at McVeigh’s pub in aid the Rotary Foundation, six Skyline Rotarians made their way to the Fort York Food Bank (FYFB) for the club’s monthly volunteer community service project.
While food boxes were being handed out to clients at the food bank, Skyliners were busy in the kitchen turning raw ingredients into a hearty lunch for more than a hundred people to be served at noon.
Cooking for more than a hundred is both labour intensive and an act of ballet in the narrow confines of the kitchen at the food bank, located in a storefront on Dundas near Bathurst.
As the numbers were called out for food supplies, we chopped and cooked food for a menu which included roasted chicken, cut up sausages, roast turkey, rice, mixed stir fry vegetables including carrots and broccoli, noodles, and cut up hard boiled eggs. Dessert was popular with slices of lemon meringue pie donated to FYFB.
We are told by staff at the FYFB that guests for the meal consistently rate our club’s offerings among the best served by any group of volunteers. A number of them come up to say thank-you.
Lunch service stops by 2pm and volunteers are usually able to do clean up as the lineup eases about a half hour before that.