Different

One month (to the day, actually) since the last new post.  There’s been a lot going on…maybe not at All Are Welcome as much, but some days, that’s ok, too.

Over the last few days, I’ve noticed a lot of posts on Facebook, heard a few (maybe more than a few) meaningful remarks, and experienced some feelings about change, about things being different, and about how there’s always a chance to experience something new.

To some degree, humans are, by nature, resistant to change.  We get caught in the pattern of doing what we do, the way we do it, until it becomes routine and the routine is easy.  Change is scary…it requires work, it requires effort and it requires us to think about things that we hadn’t thought before. Sometimes, we can’t control the changes and sometimes we make choices for deliberate change.

All Are Welcome has been my baby for the last 3 years…what a change in my life this has been!  It is also very different – when you tell folks they only have to pay what they can afford – or what they think their meal was worth – there’s a lot of surprised faces at our tables!

Our mission is to provide access to nutritional meals to everyone regardless of circumstance. We’ve been pretty consistent with that – fresh fruits and veggies, whole grain breads, lots of homemade stuff without all the preservatives and chemicals from processed food, and plenty of focus on portion control to avoid waste and healthy eating habits!

I still feel like we could be doing MORE!  Reaching more people, touching more lives, helping more families and serving more individuals.  I always feel renewed in spring (don’t we all?!)… As the weather gets (slightly) warmer and new growth starts to appear outside, there’s that little twinge inside that says  DO SOMETHING! Something new, something different, something MORE!

So as I consider plans to make MORE happen at All Are Welcome, I ask our supporters to consider that our original mission is about helping those with less…and the problem continues.

An NBC News article on those  who are trying to get by on less.  http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/in-plain-sight/recession-not-over-poor-families-stretch-food-last-n83411

A quote from the article says: “Let’s stop talking about the end of the Great Recession until we can make sure that we get food insecurity rates down to a more reasonable level.” I don’t believe there is a “reasonable level” for a food insecurity rates. NO one should be without food, EVER!

Another recent article from USA Today focuses on the higher cost of food in the supermarket: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/04/16/cpi-shows-food-prices-rising/7742669/

Assistance is going down, prices are going up; MORE people will need access to what All Are Welcome provides – and All Are Welcome will need some help providing it.

I’m prepared to make some changes, dare to be different and encourage neighbors to help neighbors in building our communities…one meal at a time.  I’m looking for some folks who want to make that happen!  Please support us by volunteering, bringing friends to our table, or contributing to our mission!

Check out our May menu and if you haven’t been to All Are Welcome yet, do something DIFFERENT and join us this month!!