Every Friday from 1 - 2 PM, Trinity opens up our lower level to Tony's Kitchen, a long standing program offering soup and conversation to anyone who walks through the doors. We were happy to have Trinity Youth, Malia Neidlinger, spend an afternoon serving. Read her thoughts below.
By Malia Neidlinger
During Foss High School’s 2018 Senior Skip Day, I decided I would volunteer at Tony's Kitchen. I assisted the head chef in baking bread, preparing cookies, cooking soup, and serving our guests. I served food to everyone who came in for the meal. I was able to discuss the importance of generosity, hospitality, and love, in community with people from all walks of life who happened to come through our doors. I had several interesting conversations with people I served regarding childcare and education in times of poverty. These conversations with our guests about their lives helped put things in perspective for me and my own life. Reflecting on the experience, I'm extremely grateful for the life I lead, and the opportunity to help those around me. I plan on continuing this activity long after my completion of the International Baccalaureate Program at Foss, and am so proud that Trinity continues to reach out to our neighbors in this way. If you’ve never helped out on a Friday at Tony’s Kitchen, I’d encourage you to do it! You won’t be sorry you did.
Official disclaimer: Trinity Presbyterian Church does not condone students skipping school, but if one must skip school, serving at Tony’s Kitchen is a solid alternative for that day.