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  • Writer's picturePastor Ben Oesterling

Let's Feed the Homeless

If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. Isaiah 58:10

Come help us fed the homeless on February 22, 2019 from 6:30 - 8:30 Pittsburgh Mercy, Operation Safety Net’s Winter Shelter 620 Smithfield St • Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Friday February 22nd from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Side Homeless Alliance

Pittsburgh Mercy, Operation Safety Net’s Winter Shelter

620 Smithfield St • Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Here's the agenda :

t 6:30-6:45 p.m. Arrival. Ask for the Food Service team upon arrival. This team includes staff and other North Side Homeless Alliance Volunteers.

t 6:45-7:00 p.m. Set up, to include filling sanitizer buckets, wiping down tables and chairs, organizing/replenishing paper goods, setting up the drink station, securing the hot portion of the meal in warming boxes, following the direction of the Food Service Team as needs arise. Each volunteer will be given an assignment for the serving hour, example: greeting guests and directing them to their chair or plating the meal or filling drinks. Note: Disposable gloves, hairnets and aprons will be provided to all volunteers. If you wear a ball cap, a hair net will not be necessary. Please dress modestly and wear close toe, nonskid shoes/boots.

t 7:00-8:00 p.m. The doors will open and shelter guests (both men and women) will be directed to the seats at the tables, seats closest to the food table will be filled first. At this time volunteers will begin plating food and setting plates before each guest. We encourage you to chat with our guests and use the terms “Sir” or “Ma’am” as a sign of respect. Men and woman will be eating at the same time in the same room at this location. After the women finish their meal, direct them to Operation Safety Net’s (OSN) Staff so they can be escorted upstairs where they will be assigned a mat for the night. Men will remain in the room they utilized in past years to sleep.

t 8:00-8:30 p.m. Togo containers will be provided for the remaining meals. Left over meals will be placed in the refrigerator so that OSN staff can distribute them to shelter guests who come in after we leave. All chairs and tables are to be wiped down with sanitizer water. Warming boxes are to be wiped out with sanitizer water and placed in the storage room along with other supplies as directed by the Food Service team. Soiled kitchen towels and aprons are to be placed in the appropriate receptacle in the storage area. Trash should be tied up and taken to the dumpster as we exit the building.

We hope you can join us! Please contact Pastor Ben Oesterling by Sunday, February 19, 2019 if you wish to serve. You can also register to volunteer as well by (Telephoning 724-352-6200 or email at You can also fill out the Servant Event Form on the this website

Thank you in advance and God Bless!

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