Reflections by Board President
Hunger within any community arises from many causes, a product of the human condition that too frequently escalates from confusion to homelessness and despair. Alleviating hunger demands our whole energy, our material charity and, above all, our active compassion. Profoundly engaged in CSK’s core mission to combat this demoralizing problem, our staff have worked tirelessly this past year to provide over 75,000 meals. The figure represents a 2% increase over last year; in April, May, September, and October, we served over 7,000 lunches each month. Yet these statistics, staggering in themselves, speak of only one facet of several needs. For, hunger apart, many lack other essentials. Thus, in December, the Hill Health Center provided free flu vaccines at CSK. Our guests also can access confidential HIV screenings and blood pressure readings.
As the statistics would suggest, CSK’s material needs continue to be urgent; resources are continually needed to perpetuate our work. And indeed the pervasiveness of the interrelated problems facing many of our neighbors gives reason for discouragement. Yet upon broader reflection, CSK has reason also to rejoice: Through the collaboration of a deeply committed Board, the daily direction of CSK’s indefatigable and ever-cheerful coordinator, Dave O’Sullivan, together with the excellent administrative assistance of Megan McDermott, the magnificent kitchen management of Robert “Poncho” Jackson, and the food preparation of our cook Sherry Williams, CSK has fulfilled its mission in its 37th year, while remaining financially sound thanks to the generosity of our many benefactors. And so, although 2015 will certainly challenge CSK’s human and financial resources, we can, in a genuine spirit of thanksgiving, celebrate the accomplishment of this year, even as we anticipate the next.
Our short-term success is to provide free nutritious meals to everyone who comes in our door. We have never had to turn anyone away for lack of food.
Our ultimate success would be to go out of business for lack of work, until then we will continue to feed everyone who comes to our door.
Our Board of Directors monitors and evaluates the success of the soup kitchen on the following criteria:
In 2009, we provided 67,396 meals with expenses of $299,532 and ended the year with a surplus of $30,852.
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