I was at the Detroit Prayer walk this morning and it was kind of crazy and I ended up praying a lot of different stuff and I was looking around the city and thinking about the Detroit Mission Trip. This year is a little different because I go to Haiti June 23-30 and then I come back for a week, and then it’s Detroit 2012! Crazy. While some may serve one week for ‘Detroit’ the hardest parts are the two weeks before. There is a lot of prep that goes into it. One of the big things… groceries. Food is probably the most expensive thing on the trip. Feeding 75 –100 people 3 meals a day isn’t easy and it must be good and cheap. That’s difficult. There are things to consider like food allergies, veggie peeps, lactose intolerance, gluten allergies.
I try to work really hard at not only feeding them food that they like, but getting some nutrition in them! Watermelon and a veggie tray is always waiting when they arrive from working all day. Fruit with breakfast & lunch.
|the start of the stock up!|
I also do my best at keeping costs down. About this time, I start picking things up ‘here and there’. Today I got two boxes of noodles for $.62 each. Sometimes it’s a jar of peanut butter, a box of cereal, spaghetti sauce. None of this is added to the cost of the trip. God blesses me with a good deal, and I bless the trip.
If you look at the picture, that’s what I’ve got started. And soon I will be asking for donations! The cheaper the cost of food, the more we can spend in other areas! We try to reach a lot of people of all different ages!
This is the tentative menu:
Everyday is cereal for breakfast (and if I get adventurous the last day will be pancakes & sausage)
For lunch each group gets: lunch meat (selection of 2-3 kinds), peanut butter and jelly, fruit snacks, fruit, cookies, chips, and kool aid.
Tuesday – Mostacolli, garlic bread, a veggie
Wednesday – Taco Night chicken or beef (it’s really ground turkey) tacos, Spanish rice, salsa, beans, nacho cheese, chips
Thursday – BBQ chicken, pasta salad, potato salad, veggies
Friday – Pizza
Every night has dessert – typically ice cream sandwich cake, cupcakes, banana pudding
Plus snacks like chips, pretzels, drinks
I can’t wait!