Marylou Sullivan: Hearts are full at Not Bread Alone

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Not Bread Alone — our advisory committee, staff, volunteers and guests — extend our heart-felt thanks to the Tikkun Olam Committee of the Jewish Community of Amherst. They made a very generous and creative contribution to our community meals program.

The beauty of this program is that it is feeding local people who need it and helping the business in our own communities stay afloat. A condition of the gift was that it be spent purchasing food from local restaurants. We have all had to make big adjustments in these unprecedented times.

At Not Bread Alone, we have moved from family-style dining with a wide variety of food options at every meal to providing take-out meals. We have adjusted to a reduction in volunteers — both because our student volunteers have left the area and other volunteers are in high risk groups and because we reduced the number of people in the kitchen to maintain appropriate physical distancing.

We have a good system and our guests are grateful that delicious food continue to be offered. The JCA gift has been a godsend. We order individually wrapped half sandwiches, party platters, frittatas, stir fry, and more. We also prepare various offerings on site. In this way we are able to offer a wide variety of food with the volunteer force available.

The restaurants have been extremely grateful for the big orders and the consistent business and express their thanks at ordering and pick up. Their meals have been fresh, on time and packaged just how we needed them.

As guests arrive they chose from the available options — meat or vegetarian or gluten-free. The to-go containers are packed and delivered to them outside under the portico where there is space for physical distancing among our guests. We hope to keep this practice going through this period and would welcome donations to help make that happen.

JCA, you have supported and inspired us! Thank you so much for being so quick, creative and generous in your support of people and organization in need at this time. Our hearts are full!

Marylou Sullivan 

Advisory Committee Member