Sometimes it helps to know what you are agreeing to take on by saying, “Sure I’ll help.” …
People who volunteer for Conversation and Calories are expected to coordinate with a team to contribute assorted food items for the table and to help with setup and cleanup. They do not get reimbursed for any costs. They just do it to contribute to the well-being of the church.
Usually, food items consist of sausage, cheese, crackers, dips, vegetables, fruits, dessert. (Protein sources, starches, vegetables, fruit, and dessert.) It doesn’t matter whether it is purchased premade or you make it yourself. Any contribution is welcome. Sometimes, there are gluten free or sugar free options for those who are gluten intolerant or diabetic and they can be labeled.
Setup includes arranging food items on the buffet table, including plates, napkins and forks. Also, lemonade packets are available for making lemonade and filling glasses with ice and lemonade. Sometimes more coffee needs to be made, if we run out from the morning.
Cleanup includes clearing buffet table, loading the dishes in the dishwasher, unplugging the coffee pots, emptying the coffee grounds and rinsing the pots, vacuuming the floors, washing the counters, emptying the trash and inserting a new bag, and taking any remaining food home.
We don’t save anything in the refrigerator, because it won’t be good after a week. Also, anything (even chips, crackers etc., left out on the counters encourages mice.)
Working with a team, makes this short work and it really contributes to the ambiance and camaraderie of our church community.