On Wednesday, August 23, between 11 to 2 p.m. all (especially new and returning ASU students) are once again welcome to F.A.R.M. (Feed All Regardless of Means) Cafe at 617 West King Street for the special monthly event where a local business, group, or organization ‘Buys Boone Lunch’. We are very pleased that our friends at Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, steady supporters of the Café, will be the second local religious community to participate in the ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ program.
The monthly ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ days are similar to regular days at F.A.R.M. Cafe where guests can donate what they are able to for a great lunch. However, with BUUF covering the cost of the meal on Wednesday, August 23, through a generous donation, each and every additional donation will be utilized by the cafe in its mission to fight food insecurity in the High Country. Since beginning last Fall the ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ program has raised over $12,500 for the direct mission of the Cafe representing 1250 meals that can now be provided for persons experiencing food insecurity.
In addition to Rev. Tommy Brown who serves on staff at both F.A.R.M. Cafe and Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship many members of BUUF are regular diners, volunteers, and donors at the Cafe. On Wednesday, August 23, HCUCC will not only be ‘buying lunch’ but church members will also be serving as volunteer servers, cooks, and dishwashers working with the Cafe staff. “I’m looking forward to having folks from BUUF volunteering at F.A.R.M. Cafe.” Said Tommy Brown, ministry consultant at BUUF and Volunteer Coordinator at F.A.R.M. Cafe, “They are such great folks, supporting F.A.R.M. Cafe is just one of many ways BUUF members serve in this community.”
Renee Boughman (Executive Chef of F.A.R.M. Café) said, “We really appreciate BUUF supporting the Cafe. We look forward to and welcome other churches stepping up to participate in the ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ program. It speaks well of how supportive and generous this community is in working together making it possible for F.A.R.M. Café to feed all regardless of means”
According to Brown, “‘Buy Boone Lunch’ is a win/win opportunity for businesses, organizations, and groups such as BUUF who understand the importance of supporting local non-profit agencies such as F.A.R.M. Cafe. It helps those organizations be visible in the community as well as supporting a mission in which they believe, feeding those who are hungry.” Brown continued, “This will be our 8th ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ event. Businesses and organizations who have participated include 4 Forty Four Construction, Boone Drug Inc., M-Prints, Best Cellar, an ASU First Year Seminar class, Keller Williams, High Country Radio, and High Country UCC.” Brown said, “We already have groups lined up into the Fall to ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ and we look forward to working with more businesses and groups on what has becoming a great monthly special event in downtown Boone. Please contact F.A.R.M. Café if interested in learning more.”
Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is a local fellowship of the Unitarian Universalist Association. The UUA website states, “We are people of all ages, people of many backgrounds, and people of many beliefs. We are brave, curious and compassionate thinkers and doers. We create spirituality and community beyond boundaries, working for more justice and more love in our own lives and in the world. Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes seven Principles, grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world’s religions. Our spirituality is unbounded, drawing from scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient traditions.” BUUF is located at 381 E. King Street in Boone. Services are held each Sunday at 11 A.M.
F.A.R.M. Café is a non-profit, pay-what-you-can community kitchen that builds a healthy and inclusive community. It provides high quality and delicious meals produced from local sources, when available, served in a restaurant where everybody eats, regardless of means. The Cafe is open for lunch Monday-Friday 11 AM to 2 PM. For more information on F.A.R.M. Cafe and its mission to fight food insecurity in the High Country please visit the website at Farmcafe.org.