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Posted November 20, 2012 in the High Desert Daily Press
VVHS students make turkey dinner for 1,500
Donning gloves and hair nets, cooks carefully cut picture-perfect slices of turkey that seemed to come straight out of the glossy pages of a magazine.
But these cooks are not professionals yet, nor are they getting paid.
They are the students in Kelli Valencia’s third-period culinary arts class at Victor Valley High School. These students have been earning school credits by preparing Thanksgiving dinner for the Victor Valley Rescue Mission, an endeavor that serves two purposes: feeding the needy and teaching about the inner-workings of a busy and fully functional kitchen.
Valencia said the students have prepared a total of 60 turkeys and 500 pounds of mashed potatoes, stuffing, yams, gravy and green beans. She said the students have also spent the past week and a half preparing 16 turkeys doing everything from pulling out giblets to making gravy.
“For them, it’s a winwin situation,” said Veronica Trujillo, volunteer coordinator for the Rescue Mission. “It’s incorporated as part of their curriculum.”
Valencia and the executive director of the Rescue Mission, Ron Wilson, came up with the idea earlier this school year, and together with the Victor Valley Union High School District, they have been providing about 100 home-cooked meals for the hungry five days a week. Mondays through Thursdays, the students cook a hot meal that is distributed at the Calvary Chapel in Victorville. On Friday’s, they prepare a balanced sack lunch that is distributed at New Beginnings Church. Read entire article (PDF)...
Posted in the Santa Maria Times - November 20, 2012
Close to 800 give thanks to Central Coast Rescue Mission
It didn’t surprise Chaplain David Bickham that people began lining up two hours early for the Central Coast Rescue Mission’s annual Thanksgiving banquet.
He’s seen the need growing for years.
“In three years our numbers have gone up seven times,” he said of the mission’s meal programs. “We’re finding most of our guests are on fixed incomes of around $500 or $600 a month which covers a room but nothing else.”
The line for the banquet, which included a turkey dinner, dessert, drink and an opportunity to get some donated clothing, sleeping bags or blankets, stretched from the front door of the Santa Maria Veterans’ Memorial Community Center out to Lincoln Street south to Tunnell Street and around the corner for a good portion of the block.
Bickham said the volunteers who work the mission’s regular dinner programs are seeing more families who had homes last year but are now homeless.
Karen Reddick, one of the approximately 70 volunteers, said they expect to serve around 800 people this year, roughly 100 more than in 2011. The first wave of dinner guests numbered 250, and Reddick said 1,100 pounds of turkey were prepared for the banquet.
“I hear the stories everywhere and they’re just heartbreaking. Some of our guests wait in line two hours to get in,” Bickham said. Read entire article (PDF)....
Posted November 20, 2012 in the NorthHollywood-TolucaLakePatch
Looking to Give Back This Thanksgiving?
... San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission
The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission is an outreach ministry of the Rescue Mission Alliance and is a non-profit, Christian organization that ministers to the needs of the homeless and less fortunate in the San Fernando Valley. The organization offers both emergency and long-term rehabilitation services. This particular center is located on Saticoy Avenue just behind the Super Thrift Store and Valley Food Bank.
By joining forces with local community churches, the alliance can provide shelters and run local food banks and thrift stores in the area. Volunteers are always welcome as are donations of any kind. Read entire article (PDF)...
Posted November 19, 2012 in the Ventura County Star
Ventura County groups plan Thanksgiving meals
After giving last-minute instructions to the Seabees who had offered to spruce up the Ventura County Rescue mission by doing painting and repairs, community relations coordinator Suzanne West reflected: "It's like having Thanksgiving dinner where you have 1,000 people coming. You have to start cleaning."
The Ventura County Rescue Mission, at 234 E. 6th St. in Oxnard, will serve 800 to 1,000 dinners at noon Wednesday to all comers. In Ventura, a coalition of churches and the Salvation Army is putting on the One City One Meal Thanksgiving Day at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Organizers expect up to 1,000 guests.
Jim Duran, lead pastor at River Community Church in Ventura and newly named executive director of Ventura's Project Understanding, said this year's dinner is at the fairgrounds after having outgrown the San Buenaventura Knights of Columbus Council 2498 hall two years ago.
One City One Meal is a project of the Salvation Army, Ventura Missionary church, River Community Church and Project Understanding. The sponsor is the downtown Rotary Club of Ventura, and Duran said the fairgrounds offered the facility at a discount rate.
"We've been doing Thanksgiving dinners in Ventura for years," Duran said, adding that he has helped out for at least nine years and has seen the event in various forms at the Majestic Ventura Theater, the old Elks Lodge on Ash Street and the old American Legion Post building on Palm Street. Read entire article (PDF)...