Food Dude Begins
In early 2016, I went to visit David Wiggins a Pastor at Hillcrest Spanish Trail. I didn't have an appointment but I did have Lumpia and that's more than enough to get David to sit down.
David had just come back from a Youth Conference so I wanted to ask him what was new with Student Ministry. We talked a little about the bands and the speakers then he threw this in. "The bells and whistles change every year but the message stays the same. Find where the Spirit is leading you and do something. I'm sure I've heard this a hundred times but it really spoke to me that day.
I had volunteered to help count for the homeless census and became familiar with Alfred Washburn Center (AWC). I called them up and went down to volunteer later that week. AWC is open from 8:30-1:00 and offers showers, laundry services, mail pick-up and lots of other services for those in need. I started coming every other Thursday and helped keep the laundry and shower lines moving. It was great getting to know the other volunteers as well as the people who came in. All of their stories were different but all of them told us how much they appreciated AWC and the people who helped it happen. Being able to give to them was a huge blessing in my life.
Every Thursday a group of people would show up called the Tailgaters. They had a couple coolers with cheesy hashbrowns or casserole and fixin's and would feed 200-300 people at AWC and a few other stops. I saw how they had it set up and figured I can do that and made a plan to make biscuits and gravy for everyone. Then I realized I'm a Filipino guy from San Francisco, what do I know about biscuits and gravy. As an answer to prayer a friend from Hillcrest told me he worked for a restaurant supply business. He gave me a box of 200 frozen biscuits, a case of sausage and a box of gravy mix. I whipped it all together and it tasted just like a Hardees breakfast (a personal favorite) and all the guys at AWC love it.
Since then I've brought hampers full of biscuits, pots full of chili or vegetable soup, subs on homemade hoagies and even made Lumpia for everyone. There's a lot of smiles and grateful thank yous, some good natured ribbing about my lack of southern heritage when I bake the biscuits too long. Mostly it's a wonderful time of gratitude and fellowship one to another and I'm so glad that God led me here and gave me the tools to do it
Will Steiner 850-449-9816