This week's contents cost $1.70 a bag, a record breaker for Lunch Bunch (by a nickel.)
Due to some schedule conflicts, Lunch Bunch was moved to Monday evening instead of Sunday. Almost everything went smoothly today. We made it out of the kitchen around 7, just in time for dinner. I bought ALL the groceries from Smart and Final this time and the prices were surprisingly reasonable. We can skip Food-4-Less from now on. My bill was $81 for 48 meals, bringing the cost per bag down from last week by a nickel.
A mountain of sandwiches, 48 baggies high.
Isn't this ridiculous? I'm not certain but I think it belongs to Food 4 Less, since it was sitting in front of the grocery store. I drove by the pile twice, it had been sitting out there all day.
I took some video footage of some of the streets we stop by when passing out the food, just to give you an idea of where we are going.
We met a sweet lady that has been living in a small blanket-fort community with her husband. There was a total of six people there today so we left the two large bags of clothing with them. Their rooms are all attached to each other and each one is about the size of a two-person tent, maybe smaller. The entire complex is crafted out of blankets and clothing. There were a lot of soft, thick jackets in the bags we got from Jet Rag that they could also use as pillows.
It's really amazing how the people take care of each other and make sure we don't miss any of their friends near by. There is one man that we have seen every week at the same bus stop and he ALWAYS takes an extra bag for his friend in the nearby parking lot. We wouldn't have been able to reach him otherwise because a fence separates him from the street.
The water has been a really important part of the lunches. I wish the bags were big enough to carry two bottles.
We are brainstorming ideas of possible ways that our supporters can contribute and/or help us expand Lunch Bunch so that we can reach more people. Some wonderful people from other cities and states have contacted us about starting their own Lunch Bunches in their town and we are completely thrilled and would love to see that happen. Others have donated water, clothing, and time to us and we are so thankful to have such kind and generous friends. We will keep you posted in the upcoming weeks about our progress!