AmeriCorps Member Julie Long joined SAY last November, and quickly rose to the challenge of creating a new food program at our Dr. Coffee Teen Shelter. With Julie’s help, we began serving hot, homemade meals to hungry teens daily at the shelter. We’ve always had food on offer to the homeless youth who drop in for services at our shelter, but with a dedicated staff member, and help from volunteers, our program has truly transformed. Recently, a young teen shared that: “It’s so nice to ring the door bell at the shelter now, because I know that I’m going to get a home cooked meal” One of Julie’s specialties is this delicious Corn Chowder, which has become a big hit with the teens, “The food we have been getting served lately is so delicious, the corn chowder especially because it’s so creamy and I love bacon!”
We’re celebrating Julie this month in honor of AmeriCorps week, please join us in celebrating the commitment of AmeriCorps members and alums and recognizing the extraordinary impact AmeriCorps makes across our nation every day. AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.
AmeriCorps’ members make a powerful impact on critical problems and on the lives of its members and the communities they serve. Here at SAY, Julie serves as our volunteer coordinator and food coordinator. Earlier this month, Julie was chosen as the AmeriCorps Member of the Month by the Child Abuse Prevention Center in Sacramento. They could not have picked a more deserving recipient—Julie goes above and beyond, and exemplifies the meaning of AmeriCorps – she dives right into getting things done!
Here is what our staff are saying about Julie. “She is such a wonderful presence in our agency, and her sunny personality shines in what can be a busy, sometimes high stress job. She’s always willing to go above and beyond in her work and knows where to put her efforts: in making sure that homeless and hungry youth living on the streets on Sonoma County have warm, hearty meals to keep them full and to keep their spirits high. She’s been a wonderful addition to our team and we can’t imagine what we did without her just a few months ago. Julie is always reaching out to volunteers or organizing so that kids get fed. Julie has the shelter stocked with food like it has never been before – this will allow us to serve over 1,500 home-cooked meals to homeless youth this year.”
Below, we share one of our teen’s favorite meals; we hope that you will enjoy this with your family and have a conversation with them about youth homelessness and hunger. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Julie at (707) 544-3299 x215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also tour the teen shelter monthly, and see our kitchen in action. Click here to RSVP for the next tour.
Julie’s Corn Chowder Recipe Recipe
- 1 package bacon (10oz-18oz)
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1 can sweet corn, drained
- 1 can sweet corn, un-drained
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup (10oz-15oz)
- 4-5 Medium-size Potatoes, cubed
- 3-4 large carrots, chopped
- 3 cups milk
- 1 tbsp garlic
- Salt & pepper to taste
*Reminder- only drain one of the cans of corn, you will need the juice from the other*
- In a frying pan over medium heat, sauté the bacon, onions and garlic together until tender (about 7 minutes)
- Meanwhile, in a large saucepan add the milk, cream of mushroom soup, and the un-drained can of corn and warm over medium heat.
- Next, add the other can of corn, the carrots and the potatoes into the pot.
- Once the bacon is cooked, drain the grease and then place the bacon into the pot.
- Turn the heat up to high and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer about 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring every 5-10 minutes.
Want to help support our food program? We’ve put together a wishlist for our kitchen. Click here to donate.