Community service is an important part of our Fish Fry. Over the past four weeks, we have served over 3600 meals (including over 900 last Friday) with an all volunteer crew. We are blessed with people who are willing to give part of their day for others. Some of the volunteer assignments include thawing fish, washing potatoes, cutting cake, putting cole slaw, mac & cheese and tartar sauce into cups, frying food (sometimes in less than ideal conditions), and cleaning up at the end of the evening. I marvel at the dedication of all of the marvelous volunteers. They are a rarified group indeed! This past week our longest wait time was less than 15 minutes from order to delivery. That is impressive. We hope you will come join us again.
What a phenomenal night of community! On Friday night our Lenten Fish Fry project partnered with the St. James Food Distribution program for those in need. On the first Friday of every month our food distribution provides groceries to those in need. With the pandemic the need has risen. In addition to groceries, we were able to provide hundreds of dinners to those needing assistance.
We know that lines and times were longer than expected. Despite obtaining extra volunteers, planning the flow for the extra crowd, and shopping and preparing extra food, it was very, very busy. In about 4 hours we distributed more than 1200 prepared meals. That is 300+ meals each hour. All done with a volunteer crew!
- Just shy of 1,000 cups of cole slaw were prepared-So many cabbages!
- Close to 300 potatoes were washed, sliced, seasoned, and baked
- Over 900 slices of cake were served
- Hundreds of pounds of fish were baked and fried
- Hush puppies, hush puppies, and even more hush puppies!
- And thousands of steps were logged by the young volunteers delivering meals as fast as they could
What an amazing community we have! From all the volunteers to all our patrons, last night was exceptional. Thank you for your patience while we work to get food served quickly and safely. Our fryers, bakers, and those who package and deliver the orders—never stopped. By the end of the night we had served almost 900 dinners. A special shout out to our volunteers who make it possible. From 5th graders on up, everyone who volunteered had an integral role.
We make the majority of the food we serve – fresh battered fish, homemade hush puppies and cole slaw, and carrot cakes baked from scratch. Hundreds of pounds of fish and potatoes are made into yummy creations each week. Even the tartar sauce is tweaked to perfection. Thank you again for making us part of your Lenten journey.
Our first week was a great success with 650 meals served! To those customers who experienced longer than normal wait times, we appreciate your patience and assure you that we are making changes to ensure food is delivered to cars more quickly. We look forward to serving you again in the next 5 weeks.