On Sunday May 24, CivicMuslims partnered with Regent Meals on a unique project. The premise was powerful: to serve the first-ever Halal food service to families in need in Regent Park, through a restaurant-style service that is both inviting and accessible.
Regent Park is a partnership between the Christian Resource Centre and the Muslim Welfare Centre to better service the residents of Regent Park. Together, they provide over 300 meals to individuals and families in need and serves as a weekly hub for those in the community. They are aspiring change and bridging the gap in this beautiful community.
That morning, an eager group of CivicMuslims volunteers came together to help with kitchen and meal preparation, serving food, hosting and assisting with the cleanup. From start to finish.
The morning kicked off with the set-up and preparation of the venue, which involved setting tablecloths, preparing cutlery and staging centrepieces to create a welcoming atmosphere for the guests. Following a quick orientation, a number of volunteers headed straight to the kitchen to roll up their sleeves and begin preparing and plating the food!
Regent Meals brings in a variety of patrons, some of whom have been in extremely challenging situations. Regent Meals ensures all that their program provides a professionally catered meal that is not only nutritious, but also served in a safe and inclusive environment amongst friends. Throughout the day, we learned that running a food service is hard work - it involves passion and dedication.
We are grateful to have been a part of the first Sunday Halal food service. The overall feedback from the event was extremely positive, with many wanting to come back again! We had a blast, and hope to continue our partnership with such inspiring and engaging organizations.
By the numbers:
305 meals served x 75 takeout containers x 9 awesome volunteers X 5 hours of good =
over 1M reasons to give back!