My Experience at the Gathering Place

A week ago at Gathering Place (North Bay’s Community Soup Kitchen), Nipissing Administration and Support Staff were suited up in an apron and cap and put to work in all manner of food service. We cut vegetables, tore spinach, cut chickens, dished out food, poured drinks, served patrons, wiped up, and helped with the dishes. Things got very intense over the lunch hour as anyone who wanted a simple, healthy meal streamed in and out (we served 122 people). My wonderful coworkers from Nipissing University were always ready with an encouraging smile. The Gathering Place is an oasis of kindness in the fast world. At the end of the day, I felt more connected with the North Bay community. I highly recommend volunteering at Gathering Place to anyone who is interested.

Written by Karin Robertson

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