As we begin a new year, we are pondering over the following three questions:
Question 1: Had you been a German Christian during World War II, would you have taken a stand against Hitler?
Question 2: Had you lived in the South during the civil rights conflict, would you have taken a stand against racism?
Question 3: When your grandchildren discover you lived during a day in which 1.75 billion people were poor and 1 billion were hungry, how will they judge your response?
The first two questions might not be so bad, since those choices were not ours to make, and we’d like to think we would have made the right decision. However, the third question just might keep you up at night.
We are given an opportunity to make a difference during a difficult time. We were created by God to do great works. He invites us to outlive our lives, not just in heaven but here on earth.
Help us in our mission to end hunger, and be the example you wish to see in the world. (And become a hero in the eyes of your grandchildren.) Join us as a volunteer or a donor in fighting hunger, right here in our own backyard. You can make a difference. It's that simple.
Responding to the need for hot breakfast for the homeless, Martha's Kitchen started serving hot breakfast last October 18, 2018 and every Thursday thereafter except the period between 12/24 and New Year's Day. This new service is so much appreciated by those who have come to enjoy scrambled eggs, meat, fruit, toast and coffee. What is even more appreciated is the later time of service especially as the mornings get darker and colder. Even our early morning volunteers appreciate the opportunity to say "Good Morning" to the folks. Shown below from left are Cynthia White, Mary Rodriguez, Patti Seimas, Paulette Little, Vivian Ladilaw and Amy Moody.
Martha’s Kitchen board member Archie Moore recently founded Archie’s Army, Inc. The whole idea was to pick up homeless men and women from different homeless encampments to bring them to soup kitchens and other service agencies. With a 10-passenger van donated by the County of Santa Clara, Archie’s Army brought its first 10 clients to enjoy a nutritious meal at Martha’s Kitchen last November 7, 2017. The following day he brought more clients, this time an hour earlier to allow them to take a shower through the courtesy of Dignity on Wheels which also offers free laundry.
We laud Archie’s efforts to bring the homeless to Martha’s Kitchen so that they can enjoy a free hot meal in a clean and welcoming environment. We encourage every group who brings food to city parks and encampments to feed the homeless to bring the folks to places like Martha’s
Kitchen instead. They will be treated with dignity and respect by our staff and volunteers. They can take advantage of free showers, laundry and health services on Wednesday afternoons.
Martha’s Kitchen co-hosted a fundraising Gala Concert with Hunger at Home on November 10, 2017. This was the second gala Martha’s Kitchen co-hosted with Hunger at Home. H@H Executive Director’s Madison Nguyen, former San Jose Vice-Mayor, spearheaded the preparations supported by Martha’s Kitchen’s dedicated group of volunteers.
The Gala Concert started off with a fabulous cocktail party presented by Bay Area hotels and venues such as Center Plate @ Levi’s Stadium, Marriott, Hilton, Doubletree and Team San Jose.
Martha’s Kitchen also had a food station that showcased our chefs’ skills.