Forest View Elementary third grade teacher Christine Davis and 24 other staff members and their spouses spent April 29 feeding the homeless at the Berean Church in St. Paul through a program called the Good Neighbor Meal. The Good Neighbor Meal, according to the Good Neighbor Center website, is an event held on the second and last Saturday of each month in order to “provide fellowship and a meal for those who wish to spend some time with friends at no cost.” Each event is put on by various people and churches throughout the Twin Cities and often it serves to help feed the homeless.
Davis planned the menu for the event and was told it would cost between $350 – $400. She asked her colleagues for cash donations, and also found an anonymous donor who said they would match up to $200 in donations. Panera Bread also donated five boxes of bread and pastries for the event.
On the day of the event, the group prepared and served baked goods, ham, cheesy potatoes, fluff salad and green beans to 130 people in need. Afterwards, each volunteer helped clean up the church. Davis said she is planning to do another Good Neighbor Meal in August and already has colleagues that have signed up for it.