Saturday, March 28, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Family Life Center, Great Hall
1300 Lavaca Street
Foundation for the Homeless (FFH) is pleased to host a Feed My People (FMP) Breakfast Fundraiser for the benefit of First United Methodist Church of Austin and its kitchen remodeling project. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, FMP serves breakfast to over 300 of our homeless neighbors, the primary users of the kitchen.
Feed My People, a Foundation for the Homeless volunteer-run program, has fed Austin’s homeless in FUMC’s Family Life Center since May 2000—that’s 20 years of kitchen use! FUMC’s donation of this space and the utilities that assure everyone’s comfort have been critical to the success of the breakfast. The kitchen equipment and infrastructure have reached the point of disrepair. This fundraiser will help raise funds to assist with the kitchen remodel so that FMP can continue to operate until we no longer have homeless to feed.
The Family Life Center kitchen has grown into an important community asset that serves our downtown neighbors. The kitchen represents a story of growth and change as our downtown neighborhood has become more urban and the kitchen has become more difficult to manage financially. Feeding the homeless has had a positive impact on many living downtown including: The University of Texas, state agencies, downtown business alliance, chamber of commerce, and
residential property owners.
Come experience our FMP breakfast and learn about the impact of this ministry in our community. Enjoy a typical FMP breakfast including scrambled eggs, biscuits, sausage patties, gravy, coffee, milk, and orange juice. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. for coffee and fellowship. Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. followed by a program of speakers including State Representative Gina Hinojosa.
The “Feed My People” breakfast, a program of Foundation for the Homeless, provides a free, warm breakfast from 5:45 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in the Family Life Center at 13th and Lavaca. Serving the chronically homeless in Austin, the breakfast is so much more than just food! This community receives access to showers, toiletries, over-the-counter pain medicines, first-aid supplies, and free haircuts on Thursdays. Once a month, a sewing service is offered to help repair clothing. An instructor-led AA Meeting is available after the breakfast each week. On Thursdays at 6:30 a.m., a worship service is offered in Garrison Chapel to sing, pray, and reflect.
The volunteers are the heart of soul of this ministry. Volunteers travel from around Austin to support this ministry: Foundation for the Homeless and First United Methodist Church, Bethany United Methodist Church, Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Tarrytown Methodist Church, Westlake United Methodist Church, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School, and University of Texas students.
Foundation for the Homeless is one of many organizations that help the homeless in Austin, Texas and is a member of ECHO (Ending Community Homelessness Organization). The Foundation for the Homeless provides services focused on helping families with prevention of homelessness and helping with rapid rehousing. FFH is the only organization that takes homeless single mothers or fathers with children and keeps the families together during their homeless situation.