Rosie’s Place serves lunch and dinner seven days a week to approximately 150 women and children per meal. Each meal shift is coordinated by two Rosie’s Place employees with the assistance of 10 to 20 volunteers who provide friendly conversation and support for guests in addition to preparing and serving meals. Find out how you can cater a meal in the dining room here.
Our dedicated dining room staff makes every effort to create a warm, welcoming environment where any woman would feel important. Natural lighting, music and unconditional love enhance the friendly ambiance in the dining room, which is always bustling with activity.
One aspect of our dining room that stands out from other food programs is the way we serve our meals. Our guests don’t walk through a line to get their meal; instead dedicated volunteers and kitchen staff serve the women right at their tables, restaurant-style.
Rosie’s Place is also committed to promoting healthy eating habits among our guests. Because many of the women struggle with health problems that can be improved by a good diet, our food program has come up with a set of nutritional standards for the meals we serve. Each meal is to include 1 serving of fruit, 2 servings of vegetables, 12g or more of fiber, 32g or less of fat, and less than 1200mg of sodium. These figures are based on a 2,000 calorie diet for moderately active women and teenage girls.
In addition to substantial, nutritious meals, the dining room serves as a safe haven for our guests, providing community and companionship. It is the center of all activity that takes place at Rosie’s Place. On any given day of the week, you can see children reading books in our children’s area or completing a crafts project with our Childworks intern. As our Wellness Center is connected to the dining room, it is often the linkage between medical care and our guests. The dining room also serves as a meeting place for outside agencies that provide direct guest services such as legal services, housing advocates, the Department of Mental Health and medical care. There is also a kiosk that has information about our services in three languages.