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Re: May Calendar is Now Open!

Posted Apr 22, 2021 by Susan Dever of BEDS Plus

Good morning Meal Train participants! I just wanted to let you know that the May calendar is now open. Our numbers have changed in the hotels again so the new calendar reflects those changes. We have just under 60 in our west hotels. The meals options are now 30 or 35 meals per sign up. This should give us a couple extra meals just in case the numbers go up again. We also have a few bags of turkey meatballs available for your use and 2 huge cans of diced tomatoes. If you could use either or both for your meal, let me know and I will put them to the side for you. Thank you again for all you do to help feed out homeless!! Sue Dever BEDS Plus Emergency Services Coordinator 708-261-7078


Re: April Meal Openings

Posted Apr 15, 2021 by Susan Dever of BEDS Plus

Good morning Meal Train Participants! I again would like to thank you all for all you have done to keep our homeless friends well fed during this past unprecedented year! We couldn't have fed them without you. I know many of you are getting back into a somewhat normal routine and are not home as much as you were earlier during this past year and it is not as convenient to put together a meal for our guests. I totally understand that and the financial strain of feeding 25 or 30 people. I am reaching out to let you know, at least for the next couple month, we will continue to shelter our clients in their hotels and will continue to deliver meals to them daily. Depending on the Covid situation, our shelters should be up and running late fall. Check out website for updates. Currently there are 14 meal openings for the month of April still available. We plan on opening May sometime this weekend. Those of you who are on a once a month schedule, don't worry, I will add you to the calendar as soon as it's open. Everyone else, please consider one more meal and spread the word that we are in need. Again, from the bottom of my heart, our clients and the BEDS Staff, Thank you!! Sue Dever BEDS Plus Emergency Services Coordinator 708-261-7078



Posted Jul 15, 2020 by Erin Molek of BEDS-PLUS

Thank you for your dedication, donation and service during the Covid-19 crisis. We could not provide the much-needed services without each and every meal you provided. We continue to provide daily Meals to our clients housed temporarily in motel settings. Our staff is working hard to house individuals and has already housed 20 individuals/families since the start of the Covid-19 crisis. Would your team or any individuals be interested in signing up for a meal for another meal the coming month of August or September for our clients at the motels? I have broken down the daily meals into groups of 40 and 20 to keep costs down per group or individuals providing meals. Please feel free to share this email with friends, groups or organizations that may be interested in providing meals at this time. As you may guess our volunteer opportunities are limited at this time to minimize contact with our at-risk clients but our meal support still continues. Hoping everyone is staying well and safe. Contact me with any further questions regarding logistics.



Posted Jun 17, 2020 by Erin Molek of BEDS-PLUS

BEDS COVID-19 UPDATE JUNE 17. 2020 Thank you for your continued support of BEDS clients. After 4 months of isolation and shelter lockdown BEDS is moving our vulnerable clients into a new phase along state and CDC guidelines. We have moved clients into housing or motels and we are continuing to protect and support them during this time. Our shelter clients have now moved into motel settings with the support of BEDS-Plus. We will continue to support them with case management and supplement with a minimum of one meal a day. This has increased our meals needs for 40 families and individuals to 80. Therefore we are adding the opportunity to volunteer and donate an additional meal team and/or shelf stable meals per day in addition to our regular mealtrain teams already on the schedule. . 40 SHELF STABLE MEALS These donations can include the purchase and delivery of shelf stable meals (NOTHING THAT WOULD NEED TO BE REFRIGERATED OR FROZEN). One Hormel meal, a fruit cup and drink would be a good example of a meal. Here are the suggested items : HORMEL COMPLEATS MEALS $1.98 at Walmart with a protein (chicken/beef more expensive at Menards) Instant Mac and Cheese in microwave containers White Chicken and or Tuna flavored in pouches ( Tuna creations/chicken Creations) Chef Boyardee pastas in microwaveable bowls Fruit cups Small bottled drinks/water/juice soda Breakfast Bars Individual chips and cereal Please share with friends and organizations as we are in great need of these services at this time. We couldn't continue to provide this much need support during these critical times without you! Please contact me with any questions 7086387818 phone



Posted May 19, 2020 by Erin Molek of BEDS-PLUS

Dear BEDS Meal providers, Thank you so much for your donations and time in helping us to continue supporting our vulnerable population during this unprecedented time. BEDS truly could not continue these programs without you. The donation of a home cooked meal, MEAL IN BAG and purchased and donated meals from local restaurants has been instrumental in the ability for BEDS to provide services the last 9 weeks. When we drop off meals to clients, their sincere gratitude is ever present and immeasurable. On their behalf and from the staff at BEDS…we sincerely thank you for your kindness. On June 5th we will be changing our shelter operations in the West at St Barbara’s. BEDS will continue to support/move many individuals in motels, consolidate shelter clients and assist food insecure housed and at-risk clients. BEDS will continue to provide meals thru June; we will notify you if the program is extended into future months.Please share this Mealtrain link to friends, groups and on social media outlets if you would like. BEDS has also been able to accelerate housing clients with changes in programs due to Covid-19. I will be adding a “Help With Move-ins” sign-up on the Mealtrain for certain dates and times. This opportunity is available to volunteers who have been practicing social distancing and are able to move furniture items. We will incorporate and adhere to CDC guidelines for social distancing. Please feel free to contact me with questions or refer anyone interested to :708.638.7818 or Sincerely, Erin Molek Community Engagement Coordinator