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Thursday April 24, 2014
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Ann Arborite Paula Dana

 

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cutting up fresh pineapples and cantaloupes, loading a beverage cart, and breaking down cardboard boxes for recycling.

Run by Food Gatherers and housed inside the Delonis Center homeless shelter, the Community Kitchen dishes up hot meals seven days a week, 364 days a year. While many of today's lunch guests live at Delonis while looking for permanent housing, Dana points out that meals are open to "anyone who walks through those doors."

Dana, fifty-two, is one of two full-time staffers who prepare and serve the meals with the help of several hundred volunteers. Farokhrani is volunteering as part of a social justice unit in his humanities class, but church groups are the heart of the operation. For example, Dana says, "First Pres"--volunteers from the First Presbyterian Church--will cook and serve the next day's dinner.

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