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.)
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.
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.
Sometimes when I take my camera to the kitchen I catch a celebration in progress. It is fun catching these photos. Enjoy!
Shirley enjoyed her El Caldito Monday friends remembering her birthday. She shared that she loves listening to our clients tell their stories.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
We were also grateful to have 3 active duty Captains from the Air Force, stationed at White Sans Military Range.
Please enjoy the following candids. The day was a success and we thank all of of volunteers and businesses who donated to our event.
Special Thanks to Kristi Coffin for sharing her photography with us.
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!!!
We look forward to having this event again at El Caldito Soup Kitchen.
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.”
FRESH PRODUCE donated, certainly helps us to prepare HEALTHY meals!!!
This team works well together. They have provided a healthy meal today.
THANK YOU for all you have done for us at EL Caldito Soup Kitchen.