The Emmaus Project is a once-a-month community meal prepared for and provided to the community and members of the United Church of Cohoes. This generally takes place on the fourth Saturday of every month. The food is prepared and served in the Social Hall of the United Church in Cohoes. We have approximately 75 volunteers who alternate months cooking, preparing take-out orders and serving up to 350 meals. Those who transport the food from St. Edward’s to Cohoes begin at 11:00 a.m. Generally there are six volunteers who prep/cook the meal. These people arrive at noon and generally leave by 3:00. We have four volunteers who help some of the Cohoes congregation prepare the takeout meals. We have six volunteers fixing the dishes, six volunteers being wait-staff and one greeter. These volunteers arrive at 4:15 and stay until the end, which is generally around 6:45. We have had a number of family’s volunteer which is a wonderful experience for them. All of the volunteers interact with the community. The menu decisions and shopping for the food is handled by two women who alternate months. One supervisor is generally there the entire day of the event. There is a diverse population who come to break bread.
To participate is indeed a blessing for all those who volunteer.