Soon after we started the shower program people told us they were missing lunch at St Joseph The Workman’s in Berkeley. We decided to provide sandwiches to replace that and also to anchor our outreach efforts. People were more likely to pay attention to an invitation accompanied by a sandwich.
Weekly, volunteers provide 50-60 sandwiches to build lunch bags that also include bottled water, fresh fruit, and additional snacks. We distribute these at several sites convenient for unhoused people as well as directly to people in Albany and surrounding neighborhoods including West Berkeley, El Cerrito and Richmond.