Our food program not only nourishes children, but also educates and involves families.
Community Kitchen Hours:
EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY: 9-12 NOON
EVERY SATURDAY: 12 NOON - 2PM
VOLUNTEERS ARRIVE 30 MINUTES EARLY
The Community Kitchen came into being as the Stevens began to realize that the locals were digging in the trash for food.
It started slowly, with one or two families timidly joining them for a meal.
Today El Puente feeds an average of 100 people every week.
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, bowls of hot steamy vegetable soup are served up to all who come. The soup is hand-made every week with high quality, healthy ingredients. There's always coffee, pure fruit juice and crackers served on the side.
Nanci diligently remembers the birthdays of attendees by baking and decorating beautiful cakes for them, accompanied by a few thoughtful gifts, often a first-time experience for most El Puente guests.
Nutrition is the foundation that education builds on.
The food program also provides an opportunity to community women to trade their labour for a few hours every week by chopping and preparing fruits and vegetables, in exchange for a bag of fresh healthy food.
Soup Kitchen mornings are a hustle and bustle of serving, brewing, washing, sweeping, playing, and more. Some days volunteers arrive and complete all sorts of work that is waiting for them. Other days its just Barry and Nanci feeding the hungry.
Families come together here from remote parts of Talamanca to share a meal, learn a skill, play with babies, access the internet, use the library, or just hang out.
Help us empower the residents of Talamanca.
Above: Mayra is preparing passionfruit for fruit juice.
Below: A family sharing a nutritious meal.