Recap: February 13, 2021 Serving Event at Ewing Annex Hotel

The following article was submitted via email from Food For Friends volunteer Barbara Gaona. A special thank you to Dan Veles for catering and assistance with the set up. Thanks also to Food For Friends volunteers Barbra Gaona and Michelle Burger, who served a total of 120 meals to the men at the hotel. Thanks to Barbara for submitting this article and pictures. For more pictures from this event, go to our album on Facebook titled 2021-02-13 Ewing Annex Hotel 

The wintery winter didn’t stop our serving event on Saturday, February 13, Food For Friends provided a meal to the men at the Ewing Annex Hotel.  The Ewing Annex Hotel is the last standing single-occupancy housing for men in transition in Chicago, IL.  

We are grateful for the resources to continue to serve these men and the volunteers.  

Thanks to Food For Friends volunteers Barbra Gaona and Michelle Burger, who served a total of 120 meals to the men at the hotel

Everything went very well as planned.  The men at Annex are always very helpful and accommodating.  They assisted Dan Veles in getting the boxes of food upstairs and set up for distribution.  

Due to the weather, the distribution of the meal was inside.  The meal arrived prepackaged in Styrofoam containers.   

Once we were ready to serve, I greeted the small group and provided a brief history of the ministry.  One of the men lifted us up in a prayer and away we went.  In order to minimize the risk of the men and volunteers, the men picked up meals in small groups.  Everyone was required to wear a mask. 

Everyone received a meal and a few had seconds.  The men enjoyed the meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and vegetables.  This is such a treat and the men are so appreciated.  

Barbara Gaona, Volunteer – Food For Friends