Build-a-Bowl – Next Door Kitchen

Steve is a junior high teacher in Hamilton and a volunteer at Rolling Horse Bike Shop (ministry of Forestview Church).

One day, while doing his shift at the bike shop, he noticed all the cooking going on at Next Door Kitchen (also a ministry of Forestview Church).

He was impressed with the mass cooking for the food bank and wondered if this was a way to introduce his students to the social issues in their local community.

So Angie and Tina from Next Door Kitchen zoomed with the junior high class, teaching them basic kitchen skills and educating them on food security and poverty issues.

The students were intrigued.

This led to Build-a-Bowl – Youth in Action!

With a $10 donation in hand, students would show up for an evening of cooking soup and salad for the food bank and those in emergency housing.

Steve volunteered his time and parents willingly drove their kids and Angie (director of Next Door Kitchen) and Tina (former restaurant owner and teacher) were the kitchen experts.

Italian Red Lentil Soup.
Beef Barley Vegetable Soup.
Coconut Lentil Soup.
Dill Chickpea Feta Salad.
Healthy homemade food, lovingly made by youth for those in need.

A school superintendent heard about this project from a recipient of the soups and salads.

A woman in Emergency Housing mailed a thank you letter to the superintendent – saying thank you to the students and teachers.

She said she never thought she would have ended up in emergency housing and have to rely on the food bank for meals.

But she was very grateful for these youth were helping out.

Caring for those in need – this is what the church needs to be known for.

Whatever we do for the least of these, we do for Jesus.

Build-a-Bowl – Next Door Kitchen
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