Kudos to Billings Food Bank! I had the opportunity to help at the Billings Food Bank Christmas dinner. It was a lovely affair, with white tablecloths, silverware, gifts for kids from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a wonderful Christmas dinner with all the fixings cooked by gourmet chef David Maplethorp. Director Sheryl Shandy was there hosting all day and working alongside the volunteers. The dinner guests were treated to a fine-dining experience.
Some guests came carrying their backpacks and sleeping bags, some came with young children in strollers, some came alone and expressed how grateful they were to have a place to eat the holiday meal with others; they came in groups or families. I think everyone who came to eat felt cared for and reassured that Billings cares about all of our residents.
There were plenty of workers, so no one was overworked. It looked to me that the guests and the servers shared equally in the joy, generosity and peace of the season.
Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year to Sheryl and everyone who makes our food bank the best!