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Monte’s March, Day of Mourning and Thanks Giving, Deep Clean the Café

Posted: to Community & Volunteer Newsletter on Thu, Nov 10, 2022
Updated: Thu, Nov 10, 2022

Monte's March

It's almost time for Monte's March!

Each November, WRSI 93.9 The River's Monte Belmonte alongside Congressman Jim McGovern and a bunch of local supporters (including Stone Soup staff and volunteers!) push a shopping cart 43 miles from Springfield to Greenfield to raise awareness of food insecurity in our region. The event is a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Western Mass, a big contributor to Stone Soup Café!

The Stone Soup team will be walking the second leg of the journey on Tuesday, November 22 from Northampton to Greenfield. Want to march with us? Registration is open! Join our team!

Stone Soup and Cocina Lupita are co-hosting Monte's March Finish Line Feast at Hawks and Reed Tuesday night at 5pm! It's a pay-what-you-can dinner to support the fight to end hunger! Come celebrate with us!

TONIGHT at 6:30pm we are hosting a Trivia Fundraiser at Four Phantoms Brewery on Wells Street in Greenfield! Help Stone Soup Cafe raise money for our team! $10 to play, with $5 going toward the winner's pot and $5 to be donated on behalf of our team to Monte's March.

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Day of Mourning & Giving Thanks

Since the 1970s, Indigenous people and allies have gathered at noon in Plymouth Massachusetts to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the Thanksgiving holiday. Many Native people do not celebrate the arrival of European settlers, and Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the attempted erasure of Native cultures.

The National Day of Mourning is a time to honor Indigenous ancestors and Native resilience. It is a day of remembrance and a protest against the racism and oppression that Indigenous people continue to experience worldwide. Many supporters will fast from sundown the day before, and break fast after the ceremony at Plymouth.

At Stone Soup Café this year, we will be pausing all food preparations at 12pm to watch a live stream of the National Day of Mourning in the All Souls sanctuary. We will break fast and serve the community meal shortly after 1pm. All are welcome to share a meal in the Sanctuary after 1pm.

Volunteer shifts fill up FAST! Please get yourself signed up ASAP if you'd like to volunteer. We need volunteer delivery drivers from 1:30pm - 2:30pm this day as well.

Deep Clean the Café!

Out with the bad vibes! In with the good vibes! On with a fresh coat of paint!

Join Stone Soup staff as we tackle the darkest corners of the Café and clear out all the clutter, redecorate, and refresh our space!

Next Tuesday, November 15th --> Sign up for a shift between 12pm and 8pm! Pizza Party @ 6pm!