Hearth & Table
WE BUILD COMMUNITY
Food security is a human right. Good Soil's Hearth & Table program is a community kitchen and free, home-cooked meal every Thursday night during the school year - come eat with us!
We are an agency partner of FOOD for Lane County and work in collaboration with the UO Basic Needs. We will never discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or in reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Here is what we do:
Yes, that's right. We're back! After a long hiatus for public health, we are gathering to eat together again in person for the first time since Winter 2020.
To find us, come to Central Lutheran Church's Parish Hall (entrance at the back of the church, alley-side, between 18th and 19th) between 6:30-7:30pm on Thursdays of the academic term for a family-style meal. There's delicious food and great company - this is a space for you! And come between 6:45-7:30 for meal pick-up only, even if you can't join us that night. You will be greeted with love and freshly-prepared food and sent back out on your way!
The heart and soul of Hearth & Table is its community kitchen program, where students have worked closely with Chef Ryan, whose passion is educating and empowering people in the kitchen to learn to cook with nutritious and affordable ingredients. We want students to learn kitchen safety, knife skills, how to balance flavors, and much, much more! (Did we mention it's fun?)
This year, students are welcome back to our kitchen in groups of three or less. We will continue to explore partnerships and virtual platforms to keep bringing you awesome content and boost your cooking know-how! Watch our blog for these opportunities as they arise.
As we did in previous years, we'll blog about the recipes Chef Ryan has prepared and share tips about the cooking process. So, if you like what you're eating, you can make it again yourself and share it with your friends. We try to strike a balance between using healthy ingredients you yourself could use to replicate the process and also treating you - why yes, that does mean dessert is back!
We encourage you to also pick up more food from the Student Food Pantry on Wednesday and Thursday - we hope this delicious meal will help inspire the use of what you choose until your next pick-up.
We Build Community
From the planting of the seeds and starts for the produce and herbs included in the meal (yes, the Garden on the corner of 18th and University is ours!) to the wiping down of the counters at the end of the night, we are here to build community with and around you. You are welcome to be as involved as you want to be - come garden with us, cook with us, eat with us, clean up with us... or any one of those things. Enjoy the company of people who aren't college students, from the toddlers to the elders!
We are proud of you for the work you are doing. However we can, we hope to feed both hungry bellies and hungry hearts so you are well and successful. Join us!