It’s the morning of Wednesday, December 19th and Chef Kyle Bowling has just entered the kitchen and fired up the ovens. Today, the Food & Beverage Team at The Sanctuary take to the road as we travel to North Charleston’s TricountyFamily Ministries to Feed the Need. Over 400 portions of your normal dietary needs; protein, vegetables, starch and of course dessert are being packaged and ready to hit the road for service.
When asked why The Sanctuary picked this time of the year to ‘Feed the Need’ VipinMenon, Director of Food & Beverage at The Sanctuary exclaimed, “To keep the spirit of the season alive we as a community should dedicate our time and resources to help those who need it the most. Christmas is a time for giving and sharing, good will and reflection and what better way to do it but to come together and spread some cheer.”
Service began at 11am with kind words to the community by Chef Lawrence Brubaker, Executive Pastry Chef. Once the food line opened up before we knew it, it was already 1pm and over 430 individuals had a good, hearty meal… for some, the only meal they’ll have today.
According to the Sanctuary’s Executive Chef, Brendon Bashford, “The honor to supply the ‘feed the need program’ is one not taken lightly by the culinary/Food & Beverage team from The Sanctuary. We have been planning & executing this lunch for the past week. It is a special time of year & this experience is both exciting & humbling. We even made a cooking competition out of the event, which Chef Shana in the Ocean Room provided the winning lasagna dish.”
Created to assist in the economic burden that area soup kitchens and shelters are facing today, Feed the Need serves approximately 500 meals per week using four different service venues. Each year on estimate, Feed the Need has assisted to: Over 25,000 meals served and over $75,000 in food expenses saved. Over 52 restaurants in the Charleston region have come together to make this effort possible. These local nonprofit locations where the restaurants and staff come together as one to assist the community is Tricounty Family Ministries, East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Chrisis ministries and Neighborhood House.
As Mr. Menon explained, “Now, more than ever, is the time to spread cheer and good will to all.”