Fellowship Matters Golf Outing
7th Annual Fellowship Matters Golf Outing at Bedford Hills Golf Course. This fundraising event for Fellowship Matters starts the day with coffee and pastries, then a hot dog at the turn, followed by dinner and a superb live and silent auction. We expect 110 golfers and 20 supporting staff in attendance.
Proceeds from this year’s golf outing will provide us with the means to buy food for the entire year. Last year we served over 17,000 meals to those in need. The Toledo Walleye Hockey Club helps us serve our Thanksgiving meal every year. This past year, we distributed 50 food baskets to families during the holidays. Fellowship Matters and Steve North’s Lifeline partnered to provide Christmas presents to over 100 children. All funds will support our local community. We do not have any paid positions or administrative fees.
Your support is truly needed to make this event a success.
About Fellowship Matters:
Fellowship Matters is a group of individuals with a passion for serving those in need. We
meet every Saturday morning, as we have for over the past 11 years at the comer of N. Michigan and Adams, in downtown Toledo at 10:00 a.m. We prepare and serve a hot meal such as soup, chili, hotdogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, pasta dishes, beverage and chicken for anyone who gets in our food line. We ask no questions, and require nothing of those we serve. We also provide blankets, toiletries, hats and gloves in the winter. We prepare a hot meal every Saturday, come sun, snow, rain or holiday. We realize hunger and homelessness doesn’t take a day off.
Fellowship Matters converted a 2001 school bus in to a mobile food kitchen. We have been blessed to have many groups help us in the renovation; Air Concepts and B & B Restoration, K2 Electric, RV Tech, Rocky’s Body shop, Cummins Bridgeway. We had a diesel generator installed directly under the bus to provide electricity for our Kitchen. We had the propane connected to utilize our ovens and griddle. We had shore power connected to use our warming oven and refrigerators. Our generator is fully functional and runs off our diesel gas tank. We have all our storage racks installed as well as our water tanks and supply lines. We are totally self-sufficient and can cook for around 70 hours between refueling. We have a bi-yearly preventive maintenance on the mobile food kitchen. We had extra leaf springs added for support of the commercial cooking equipment. The Mobile kitchen passed Bobby’s bus inspection. They perform this inspection on all buses, so we are confident we are safe and in good shape.
The response has been great; we have had many groups coming to help us on Saturday mornings. We are able to keep the food hot and make more when we have more people than we expect. On a typical Saturday morning we have the Mobile Food Kitchen at Adams and Michigan around 7:30AM, when we start cooking meal. As we are preparing the meal for the day, we heat water for hot chocolate and serve to all those that are early to the Saturday Morning Picnic. It is nice because we can adjust to the weather better now than before. We had a donation of three commercial tents for when it is raining that we always have on the Mobile Food Kitchen.
We have had so much support and help. We are able to prepare meals easily and keep the food hot. We bring extra food and were able to prepare more when we had more people show that were hungry. We are also proving a balanced meal for all children that are in our line, we have milk, vegetable, meat and fruit for the children every week. We have a positive thought for the week we post at the front of our line which has been a huge success, many of our guests now come with a verse for us to post.
We serve between 200 to 400 guests in need on a typical Saturday morning. We rent the Qwik park lot at Adams and N. Michigan. All donations go straight to our cause and our by laws state no member shall ever be paid a salary.