FEEDING THE HOMELESS VETERANS
Every two to three months our KofC council #10055 feeds the homeless veterans of Miami-Dade County at the VA Hospital in Miami. We provide between 30 to 40 meals each time to the veterans at the Day Activity Center of this hospital. This may be the only meal they receive that day. We order pizza pies for 50 people at a nearby Pizza Hut and ask for it to be delivered to the lobby of the hospital. We also bring to the hospital soft drinks, ice and some kind of dessert.
The manager of the Day Activity Center provides the announcement of our lunches weeks before our arrival, so the veterans know in advance about our lunch activity. Two of our visits coincide with the Fourth of July and Veteran’s Day in November. Other visits are always tied to a patriotic celebration.
The pizza lunch is not prepared only to feed the veteran’s stomach for a day; it is also a day of reflection about the spiritual life that fills the heart with the Holy Spirit. We are asked not to make the lunch a religious activity, so as not to offend other faiths. So we announce that the KofC is a fraternal Catholic organization and we thank God, in an ecumenical way, for the food, before serving them the meal. We consider sharing on a one to basis with the veterans which is more important than feeding them with pizza. This way the activity allows for evangelization, thanks to the presence of various council members who share the meal with the veterans. It is easier to do without material things when one realizes the Jesus Christ is alongside watching out for you!
These lunches at the VA Hospital provide the council to have an activity that can be identified in any of our four named categories: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. That is why it is so close to our hearts. We are called to evangelize while we offer the veterans a much needed meal for the day!