Our Fellowship has a long tradition of action and compassion toward those in need. Helping feed those with limited resources is one way we can live out our faith. Besides serving the Torres Shelter and cultivating our Giving Garden as described below, UUFC regularly collects and delivers food for the various food banks in Chico.
For years, UUFC volunteers have prepared and served a full meal each month for up to 160 guests living at the Torres Community Shelter. During the pandemic we continue to purchase and deliver food for this monthly guest meal.
Originally conceived of by our Building & Grounds committee in conjunction with our children’s Religious Exploration class, our UUFC “Giving Garden” has continued to shine as a result of hard work by dedicated UUFC volunteers and Chico State University students.
Recently Adrienne Edwards, a UUFC member and Chico State faculty member, recruited some of her students to plant, maintain, and harvest vegetables and persimmons in the garden to experience civic engagement first-hand. Kale, cabbage, and broccoli starts were generously donated from the Chico State University Farm. Students harvested and delivered about 300 Fuyu persimmons, as well as monthly grocery bags chock-full of chard, kale, and radishes, to the Torres Community Shelter.
The students were not only enthusiastic to work in the garden, but quite moved to be able to donate food to the Torres Shelter as well as the Chico State Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry. One student built a triple-bin composting station, which enabled us to compost more landscape waste on site. The Giving Garden continues to grow and serve as a teaching resource, as a food resource, and as outreach to the community.
Concow Community Donation
UUFC recently donated Camp Fire Funds – contributed by many generous people and organizations throughout the country – to a charity helping to meet the needs of folks in the Concow area of rural Butte County.
In 2015, Concow residents Teri and John Rubiolo began serving meals to those in need in the Concow area. When the Camp Fire destroyed their home in 2018, they continued to serve a hundred meals a day. Within a week of moving back to a trailer on their property, the couple was serving meals to the Concow community once again. Teri and John cooked all the meals in their own trailer until they received a donated trailer for their cook kitchen. Along with cooking meals, the Rubiolos offer laundry services, showers, and propane with funds UUFC and others contributed.