I was on the original Stone Soup Café advisory committee. From its very beginning, and ever since, the café has focused on serving not only food for the stomach, but food for the soul as well. I especially enjoy the camaraderie… getting to interact with individuals you wouldn’t necessarily cross paths with in any other setting. And, those connections made can prove helpful beyond the café.
I transport my mom, Celine, and her friend, Suzanne, to volunteer at the café. My mom was previously involved in helping at a volunteer kitchen near her home in New York. Stone Soup Café is quite different, in that it is much more a reflection of the oft-quoted concept of “beloved community.” In addition to filling bellies, Stone Soup Café fills hearts with respect and compassion –
I really enjoy the delicious food while at the café, plus I get to take some home, and share it with a shut-in friend. Seeing elders, prison inmates, students of all ages, and many others all on the same team makes me so happy. Meeting new people, seeing people I know, getting hugs… There’s a genuine delight in simply being together at the café.
Stone Soup Café gradually came into my life. I’d hear about it from my friends at the weekly Peace Vigil on the common. One day they asked me, ”Are you coming to the Café with us?” So, I joined them and I just keep coming back. This Christmas I helped as a volunteer and I plan to keep volunteering in the future.
There’s lots that keeps me coming back to the café… The organic food that truly feeds body, mind, and soul… The unconditional acceptance of all who come here… At Stone Soup Café, where the heart is, there are no strangers. Everybody’s always welcome.
I really like the friendly atmosphere at the Café. Also, they serve great food that’s all good for you, especially the vegetables. The way the chef combines veggies with lots of other interesting ingredients is always yummy!