BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE Mammad Mahmoodi: I get up at 7 and begin checking my messages, ensuring all the pieces is in place, like the massive quantity of rice we use. I needed to depart earlier than 7:30 to have the ability to get to the group heart by 8:00, when the volunteers began arriving. I by no means eat breakfast. One of many volunteers often is available in with a bag of bagels or one thing from an area espresso store. Sasha Allenby: I make chocolate smoothies at residence earlier than entering into. I acquired there round 9 o’clock.
DIFFERENT TASKS MM: On Sunday, now we have three shifts. The primary shift is pre-processing and chopping and cooking. That’s 10 individuals. The second shift was really meals distribution. That’s 15 individuals. The third shift is cleansing. It was solely 5 individuals. Earlier than everybody acquired to the kitchen at about 8:30, I used to be strolling round serving to with the setup. SA: After I get there, I’m largely speaking to the volunteers, ensuring everybody’s okay on a private stage. Because the begin of the pandemic, we’ve had 1,400 volunteers at our door. Amongst them, 30 to 40 maintain coming again and deeply love the venture. They’re our core.