I’m not going to sugar-coat it – this COVID thing has been tough. We are all filled with fear for the health of our loved ones and uncertainty about what the future holds.
But times of fear also offer a chance to dive deep and get to the core of what really matters. For Our Daily Bread, what matters is feeding people.
When I look back to 35-years ago, I know that Cookie must have had a little bit of fear too. When she created Our Daily Bread, she also had no idea what the future held. But she had faith. Faith that this was a thing worth doing. Faith that people would step up to help. Her faith always proved true.
Cookie’s faith still holds true.
When COVID first started, we embraced our core mission with more resolve than ever before. Our guests rely on us for food, for a place to use the restroom, for clean drinking water. They also rely on us as a place where people know their name and care how their day is going. Our Daily Bread is home base for so many.
Our smiles are now hidden behind our masks, but we still cook with love. We still remember names. We know how people take their coffee. Our volunteers have shifted and adapted with each day, finding new ways to care, near and far. We still feed people and we will keep feeding people until this grim time is over.
And when it is over, we will open our doors again and celebrate with our guests. There will be cake, and music, food and dancing and beautiful, unmasked smiles everywhere you look.
Thank you for sticking with Our Daily Bread on this rough part of the journey and thank you for your faith in the joy yet to come.