Cooking Up Assistance

09.16.2005 | Energy and Environment, Health, Service and Giving, Campus and CommunityUniversity of Dayton chef Lisa Davis, who moonlights at the House of Bread, will cook lunch at the local soup kitchen Oct. 10-11 to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The House of Bread, 9 Orth Ave., is seeking donations and volunteers. Members of UD's Sigma Nu Fraternity Kappa Iota Chapter will assist as volunteers at the Monday, Oct. 10, lunch.

Donations will be accepted at the door, either cash or a check payable to America's Second Harvest. Lunch service begins at 11:30 a.m.

"As always, the House of Bread will need volunteers that day. We will begin at 9 a.m. and finish at 2 p.m.," Davis said. "Anyone is welcome to come to the House of Bread, receive a great meal, fellowship and make a donation to the cause. The greatest need for donations is money, but bleach, bottled water and any canned goods with pull tops are needed."

The Foodbank will direct all proceeds to America's Second Harvest-The Nation's Foodbank Network. The House of Bread is a member of The Foodbank and is a United Way Partner Agency.

For more information or to volunteer, call the House of Bread at (937) 226-1520 or The Foodbank at (937) 461-0265, ext. 16.

What's motivating Davis to take time away from cooking meals for UD faculty and staff to devote her culinary talents to this cause?

"The Dayton area is home to some of the same disadvantaged people who were hit by this disaster. We would like to have people become aware of this. Many, many pounds of food and items have been sent from the Dayton area to the disaster sites, and we still need to do more," she said. "I am giving my time and talents to this event to raise money for the soup kitchens that were destroyed by Katrina."

Davis also hopes to travel to the hurricane-stricken region with the mobile Salvation Army kitchen. The Salvation Army has served more than 1 million meals in response to Katrina and is providing aid to survivors in more than 30 states.

Contact Lisa Davis at (937) 229-2236; Bill Evans, executive director of the House of Bread at (937) 226-1520; and Tim Gardner, program services manager for the Foodbank, at (937) 461-0265, ext 16.