Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and made donations for the annual Pine Street Inn Chop-a-Thon on Saturday, March 3. This year's event was a huge success, contributing to the Inn's daily efforts to serve healthy meals to the city's homeless. At last count, Winsor gathered over 800 pounds of vegetables and fruit and had over 75 people turn out to help chop and prepare food, the biggest turn out since Winsor piloted the event with Pine Street Inn over 20 years ago.
The food was piled high on the tables and everything was ready to go as the volunteers poured through the doors ready to work. "It was wonderful to see," notes Lynn Randall, director of parent relations. "Everyone 'suited up,' went straight to their tables, and following a brief introduction, got right to chopping, peeling, and icing cookies baked by Winsor families." As the group worked, the Inn staff noted how particularly appreciative the Inn guests would be for the rare treat of cookies and fruit.
"The details were flawless, from the planning and communications, to the parents who gathered food each morning, down to the last barrel filled and last table wiped clean," notes Lynn, adding, "I think we also made record time for chopping!"
A special thanks to Catherine Sarkis P '23, Suzanne Szak P' 25 and Kiera Carlisle '25 for coordinating the event, to FLIK food service for donating vegetables and cereal, and to Regis Downes, director of dining services, for his invaluable contributions. This year marked the 13th year Regis has lent his energy and expertise to the planning, execution and success of the chop-a-thon.
Founded in 1969, Pine Street Inn serves more than 1,900 homeless individuals daily and nearly 9,000 annually, providing the full spectrum of services to help men and women reach their highest level of independence and get back to a place they can call home.