It was a proud moment for the members and volunteers of Fate Gives as they saw their charity’s inaugural event take place and deliver happy meals to smiling faces. The new project entitled “Hope Kitchen” provides a healthy meal to families that might not otherwise be able to afford the luxury of a dinner out on Ambergris Caye.
The first soup kitchen event was held at Sandbar on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, which saw many families arriving to the establishment and sitting down to enjoy a hearty meal for the evening. Members of the organization worked very hard all day to prepare this meal and sent out invitations to various neighborhoods for less fortunate residents to come out and enjoy a free meal.
For the initial event Fate Gives partnered with local San Pedrano, Hermojenes “Moncho” Acosta, known as “Teacher Moncho”, who identified families in need who would benefit from the Hope Kitchen project.
But Hope Kitchen is open to the public as the premise behind the charity event is for diners to pay what they can afford, whether it is $1 or $10. People who can afford to pay a meal are encouraged to pay as much as they can as a way of donating and keeping the Kitchen providing meals to those who need it.
The dinner featured buffet style salads, fruits, fresh vegetables, and desserts, with plated main entrée that included chicken and spaghetti with meat sauce. And while everybody was enjoying the good meal, it was great seeing the children having much fun at the arts and crafts table provided by Jessica Salo and jumping with joy on the Toucan Jumper trampoline, both graciously donated for the event.
Fate Gives was very pleased that their first event was a success, even more so that they were able to deliver some lunch boxes to the San Pedro Roman Catholic School the next day. Members are already planning for their next event in February. The success of future events will allow them to host Hope Kitchen dinner events on a regular basis.
Founding members of Fate Gives
Families were very happy to receive a great meal
Jessica Salo provided art supplies for the children's enjoyment