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Reaching Out to Others!

August 23, 2016

El Caldito helps the families of Las Cruces’ Weed & Seed program

This year our gleaning has increased to a level that’s allowed us to share food with The A. Fielder Memorial – Safe Haven Weed & Seed! Gleaning is collecting food from area grocery stores, retail food sellers, restaurants, and hospital cafeterias that they would otherwise throw away. (And by the way, we need more gleaners.)

 

2014 Gleaner Steve T'Day

Steve is one of our weekly GLEANERS.

 

2014Gleaner Steve Close-up

 

Operation Weed & Seed opened its doors in 2001 funded by a federal Weed and Seed grant, written by three Las Cruces Police Officers.  This program provides low-income children in the heart of Las Cruces with educational and productive activities that are safe and have adequate supervision. Most recently, Weed & Seed had eighty children enrolled in its summer program, and now too in the after-school program, which includes homework and reading assistance.

Ninety percent of the children in this program are from single-parent homes, and this program does a great job getting food to families in need.  Felipe Briseño, Youth Program Coordinator of Weed & Seed stated, “We know these families, and we make sure we’re helping them when they need help.” El Caldito’s twice-a-week food distribution not only improves the amount of fresh, healthy food that the children have during their time at Weed & Seed, but also makes a positive impact on their diets at home.

 

El Caldito gives Charles Groover and Freda Firefly Flora food for Weed and Seed.

El Caldito gives Charles Groover and Freda Firefly Flora food for Weed & Seed.

 

Weed and Feed   Food aug 2016

 

Herb an El Caldito volunteer helps load the truck.

Herb an El Caldito volunteer helps load the truck.

 

Strawberries to encourage good eating habits.

Strawberries to encourage good eating habits.

 

 

 

Birthday News

May 14, 2016

Birthday celebrations seem to happen each month at El Caldito Soup Kitchen. During the year volunteers have been known to be surprised by their teams.  Sometimes they just sing, other times cakes with candles appear and sometimes parties happen at a local restaurant.

Donna A. Wood Profile 3

Donna A Wood El Caldito Soup Kitchen Publicist

Sometimes when I take my camera to the kitchen I catch a celebration in progress.   It is fun catching these photos.  Enjoy!

 Shirley Salas is the "Dessert Lady" for the Monday Team. Shelley Salas the Monday Team" "Dessert Lady celebrated

Shirley Salas is the “Dessert Lady” for the Monday Team.

Shirley enjoyed her El Caldito Monday friends remembering her birthday.  She shared that she loves listening to our clients tell their stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Employees Donate Time

April 4, 2016

It wasn’t an April Fool’s Joke…we had lots of extra help that surprised us Friday.  Employees from Taylor Precision Products came to our door.  Since maintenance was happening at there business, several people decided to spend the morning helping us.

Gabe Anaya, VP, and his new volunteers.

Gabe Anaya, VP, and his new volunteers.

 

Taylor Precision Products 1

 

FRIUT BRIGADE!

FRUIT BRIGADE!

 

Taylor 3

 

Plenty of carrots to chop.

Plenty of carrots to chop.

 

Preparing silverware for our next event. EASTER DINNER.

Preparing silverware for our next event. EASTER DINNER.

 

Working hard.

Working hard.

 

After talking with Beth and her crew from Taylor Precision Products, I think I might have recruited help for our Thanksgiving Dinner. YEAH!!!  We are happy when businesses help us out on big events.

Volunteers make our Kitchen a Success!!

November 8, 2015

On October 24th, around 8:30 AM my volunteers began to arrive.  We had some regular people who have been working for me for a couple of years and we also had new people just beginning.  Everyone had a task to do to prepare 170 SACK LUNCHES.  On Saturdays we serve from 11:30 AM until Noon.  However, my team knows nobody goes away HUNGRY!!!  If we see we are getting low on food…we go into LOAVES and FISHES mode.  We immediately go back to our pantry and more create a meal to go. 

 

Antonio a born leader.

Antonio a born leader.

 

The Peanut Butter and Jelly Team.

The Peanut Butter and Jelly Team.

 

The Cold Cut Sandwich Team

The Cold Cut Sandwich Team

 

Candace the one in charge and our counter.  Very important task, so we don't run out of food.

Candace the one in charge and our counter. A very important task, so we don’t run out of food.

 

The Chip Packing Team.

The Chip Packing Team.

 

When we have a family with young children volunteer...their job is to decorate the bags.  We try to decorate bags for the children who need a sack lunch, however our adult clients like them to.

When we have a family with young children volunteer…their job is to decorate the bags. We try to decorate bags for the children who need a sack lunch, however our adult clients like them to.

 

Thank you Detrick and Kadence.

Thank you Detrick and Kadence.

 

Sandwiches are done...so we break down chickens to bag and freeze.

Sandwiches are done…so we break down chickens to bag and freeze.

 

Breaking down chickens.

Breaking down chickens.

 

We had lots of chickens to get into our freezer.

We had lots of chickens to get into our freezer.

 

Everyone pitches in.

Everyone pitches in.

 

Thank you everyone for helping on the 4th Saturday of the month.  I appreciate all you do for me and for El Caldito Soup Kitchen!  Donna

 

 

 

 

2015 Veterans Appreciation Dinner

June 23, 2015

On June 13th, El Caldito Soup Kitchen, opened their doors to many Veterans and their guests.  It was a special day for us to be able to give to our Veterans and to THANK them for all that they have done for our country.  There was a large military presence from the Naval Cadets from Onate High School in Las Cruces, NM to the Brigadier General  Timothy Coffin  from White Sands Military Range.

 

Brigadier General Timothy Coffin with the Onate Jr R.O.T.C.

Brigadier General Timothy Coffin with the Onate High School Naval Jr R.O.T.C.

 

We were also grateful to have 3 active duty Captains from the Air Force, stationed at White Sans Military Range.

 

Captain Jon Cesar, Captain Alex Jurgemeyer and Captain Jacob Lynes

Captain Jon Cesar, Captain Alex Jurgemeyer and Captain Jacob Lynes

 

 

Chief Petty Officer Retired Robert Rodriguez  and Jenna Janus

Chief Petty Officer Retired Robert Rodriguez and Petty Officer Second Class Angle Day.

 

Please enjoy the following candids.  The day was a success and we thank all of of volunteers and businesses who donated to our event.

 

Veterans Dinner 2015 Capt helping to sign in the next Veteran.

 

Veterans Dinner with Brigadier General and Board

 

Marisa Yanez our soloist.

Marisa Yanez our soloist.

 

 

Veterans Dinner 2015 Singing

 

 

Veterans Dinner 2015 serving

 

 

Veterans Dinner 2015 Cake

 

 

Veterans Dinner 2015 POW Table

 

Special Thanks to Kristi Coffin for sharing her photography with us.

 

 

 

 

SODEXO…The Photos tell the STORY!!!

March 27, 2015

Last Saturday, March 21st Servathon 2015 took place in our Dining room and also in outside tents.  We appreciate and THANK Sodexo for their organization, volunteers and the delicious dinner they provided.

WE HOPE YOU ENJOY OUR PHOTOS!!!

 

The TEAM!

The TEAM!

Filling the goodie bags.

Filling the goodie bags.

 

Part of the TEAM!!!

Part of the TEAM!!!

 

Food Delivery!

Food Delivery!

 

Salad Making!

Salad Making!

 

Checking to make sure everything arrived.

Checking to make sure everything arrived.

 

Mom giving last minute instructions.

Mom smiles at her son.

 

Tents are up.

Tents are up.

 

Volunteers are ready !

Volunteers are ready !

 

Veggies look good!

Veggies look good!

 

The pizza is done.

The pizza is done.

 

We're almost ready...getting our assignments.

We’re almost ready…getting our assignments.

 

Everybody wanted a slice of pizza.

Everybody wanted a slice of pizza.

 

The DJ sets up.

The DJ sets up.

 

People are enjoying their diner and a visit from the RABBIT!!!

People are enjoying their diner and a visit from the RABBIT!!!

 

Dinner for the Family.

Dinner for the Family.

 

Our President and his wife Connie enjoy their meal.

Our President and his wife Connie enjoy their meal.

 

Serving!

Serving!

Maria and her Grand Kids are sure HAPPY!!!

Maria and her Grand Kids are sure HAPPY!!!

 

Tristan likes his PIZZA!!!

Tristan likes his PIZZA!!!

 

This says it all!!!

This says it all!!!

 

We look forward to having this event again at El Caldito Soup Kitchen. 

THANK YOU!!!

 

 

Second Tuesday Team

March 25, 2015
Roxann and Dale the LEADERS!

Roxann and Dale the LEADERS!

 

Today we hear from Roxann Petzold sharing her thoughts about the 2nd Tuesday Team.

“Sonoma Springs Covenant Church has been serving at El Caldito Soup Kitchen for more than 15 years on the second Tuesday of each month. We were Northminster Presbyterian Church then Sonoma Springs Presbyterian Church and are now a member church with the Evangelical Covenant Churches. Our Ministries have been to serve those in need of support and we do this by partnering with two of the schools in Las Cruces – Mesa Middle School and Columbia Elementary. We are a group with a great sense of humor and hopefully we share the joy we feel in serving with the many clients who break bread at El Caldito.”

 

Lots of FRESH FOOD was on the menu.

Lots of FRESH FOOD was on the menu.

 FRESH PRODUCE donated, certainly helps us to prepare HEALTHY meals!!!

2nd Tuesday Preparing Veggies

Melanie gets greens ready to cook.

 

 

2nd Thurs Linda and Mary Loupeeling potatoes

Linda and Mary Lou work on preparing potatoes.

 

 

Ron checking out the vegetables.

Ron making sure the food is ready to cook.

 

Hot stuff!!!

Hot stuff!!!

 

Jo- Ann washes the veggies.

Jo- Ann washes the veggies.

This team works well together.  They have  provided a healthy meal today.

The team offer home made bread pudding today.  Wish i was there to enjoy it.

The team bakes  home-made bread pudding today. Wish I was there to enjoy it.

THANK YOU for all you have done for us at EL Caldito Soup Kitchen.

 

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