Last Saturday morning, a group from Arrowstreet volunteered for the early shift at the Women’s Lunch Place. A privately funded, non-profit organization operated almost entirely by volunteers, the Women’s Lunch Place provides meals and other services to the homeless and underprivileged women of Boston. Their kitchen and cafeteria are housed in the basement of the Church of the Covenant on Newbury Street; a pleasant and brightly-lit space which Arrowstreet helped renovate in 2011.
The organization not only serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, but also offers essential services such as showers, laundry, and a place to take a nap. We served an enviable breakfast buffet including frittata, pancakes, and fruit salad to the female-only crowd. Some brought their children and ate as a family, while some dined in fluffy white bathrobes while doing a load of laundry. When we weren’t serving food, our group proved to be stellar prep cooks – dicing and mincing not only all of the vegetables needed for Monday’s lunch, but a few boxes of butternut squash that were on hand as well. Several members of our group had volunteered at the Women’s Lunch Place before, and we all look forward to giving back to this wonderful organization again in the future.