Shelter's food is not bad

Published: Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 11:53 p.m.

Much has been written lately about St. Francis House and its new policies. I'm especially referring to Bob Freeman's guest column (Jan. 6) in which he was generally negative about the policies, particularly the lunches and the kitchen.

I've been a St. Francis volunteer for more than three years. I work solely in the kitchen, and so I don't have a wide view of policies, goals, etc. But I can comment on the recent change in management.

It still looks to me as if the new director and new staff people are expert, experienced and devoted to helping the homeless get shelter, get fed, find more permanent housing and find jobs. As before, as always.

And, as far as Freeman's comments about the kitchen deliberately trying to make the food taste less good so that fewer people will eat there: We cook, as always, with what is donated and with what we can afford to buy. The food is pretty good. Sometimes St. Francis House is the best place to eat lunch in the whole downtown area, and you sure can't beat the price (free). The 140 people or so we serve lunch to each day seem pretty satisfied.

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