After six months of living in a city that has given me so much, I decided it was time to give back so I investigated community service opportunities sponsored by the American Church in Paris. I was happy to find one right up my alley – the church’s Mission Lunch Program. For the past twenty years volunteers have come together once a week to make and serve a free, hot lunch to the homeless and hungry in Paris. With approximately 60-64 guests each week, the lunch is definitely making a difference in the community. Not only is it helping feed those in need of food, but it also provides a sense of camaraderie that many long for.
Last week, Megan and I decided to help out with the lunch. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we helped set up tables, cut bread, serve food and clean up. Between the gracious volunteers and grateful diners, we met so many nice people. We were also extremely grateful for leftovers, which we were given for lunch. Talk about a delicious meal! The soy sauce-coated chicken wings, garlic potatoes and buttered green beans were incredible.
This service project is something I want to regularly be a part of during my six months left in Paris. I also hope to move my way up to the kitchen staff and learn the secrets behind these delicious hot meals!
Whether you’re looking for church services, American gatherings or community service opportunities, you’re sure to find them at ACP! For more information about ACP’s Mission Lunch Program, click here.
American Church in Paris, 65 Quai d’Orsay, Paris (7th)