Acts of Kindness — @Food for the Journey

"Be the change you want to see in the world," Mahatma Gandi.

Teresa Spanel ‘07

As a nonprofit community kitchen, Food for the Journey Project serves hot and nutritious meals in neighborhoods throughout Dayton. We promote and believe in dignity through the comfort of a meal.

We have served over 100,000 well-balanced meals. There are no questions asked, just food served in a community atmosphere. The mission is one that hits the ground running daily. I am inspired
by director Chuck Wourms’ heart and connection to each of the guests who walk through the door.

The people involved in FJP are making a change in the world and often remind me of the quote by Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Julie Taylor ‘83

For several years, I have been a member of a group of ladies who are passionate about food!

We love to learn and we wanted to share this passion for food in a way that could benefit people who don’t have our resources. For a while, we didn’t know exactly what that looked like. One
day, God put a bright, shiny mobile kitchen on my cousin’s Facebook page, Chuck Wourms!

We learned that FJP serves a hot meal and so much more to 1000 guests a week and have been doing this for almost five years. They serve a full meal with dignity. It’s important to them that the
food is colorful, plentiful and that people know that they are welcome without any qualifiers.

We hosted a Rock the Table, a luncheon at Moraine Country Club in the fall, to introduce about 200 friends to FJP. The enthusiasm for this incredible nonprofit organization was magnificent.

So many of our guests reached out to FJP to find ways to support their efforts, through financial support as well as creating new relationships for them with local grocers and restaurants.

Our committee, including Dr. Eleny Fronista Piontek ‘83, also had the privilege and pleasure of actually serving with the FJP team — which includes a number of Marianists, which felt like home! FJP is about enjoying time together and leaving feeling filled up in every way. This is a journey that fills your soul. They are truly doing God’s work, and I felt blessed to be a small part of it.

FJP website  |  Facebook

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Published online June 14, 2020