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Sharing a Meal This Father's Day

Today we shared the kitchen with the church folks who were preparing a dinner so we kept our cooking to a minimum. Made a broccoli/cauliflower soup and a rice and veggie stir fry.

The church also donated a box of doughnuts. We were concerned the food would go too fast, but the crowd wasn't too large today. There was also competition! 😛 A church group was already set up across the street giving out hot dogs and beans.
But our soup, stir fry, and bananas went quickly anyway. Then a car pulled up to St. Vincent DePaul looking to donate but there was no one there. They asked us if we could use the food they had leftover from a race and we said definitely! They had a whole box of perfect bananas, a large bag of gorgeous oranges, more doughnuts, bagels and some individually wrapped sweet treats.

People took the fruit by the bushel and the doughnuts by the box to share with others as we wrapped up for the day. The rain held out- it was muggy but there was a nice breeze so it was noth…
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Today's Rescued Food Haul

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FNB Middletown is Back!

Hi everyone, Kristina here. I am new this year to FNB Middletown but I am proud to say that we are up and sharing! With this blog, I hope to keep folks up to date on what we're up to and to show what it is to be a part of FNB.

Right now, we're picking up produce from ION on Friday afternoons and sharing food on Sundays.

This Sunday was the second time we've cooked since getting organized earlier this month. The church has been busy with events so we've been rescuing produce from the landfills for the last few weeks and filling the church freezer! Therefore, we had a ton of great veggies to work with this week. For instance, we've been accumulating a lot of broccoli... this giant strainer was filled quite a few times over the last few pickups (trust me, this is almost an understatement).
So yesterday we roasted brussel sprouts, broccoli, and asparagus and stir fried green beans, red peppers, and more broccoli while chatting with the church folks. They said our meal …