Community homeless feed continues despite winter weather
MEDFORD, Ore. —
Even in this weekend's winter weather, volunteers from the Compassion Highway Project spent their Sunday feeding those in need. Giving food to about 250 people, the organization said they have never canceled a meal before and hope they never have to in the future.
Waking up to the snow in the morning, founder and executive director Melissa Mayne said her main concern was not about volunteers showing up or the day's feed, but instead the wellness of homeless community they serve every week.
"You know, we'll hear about someone freezing to death, so I didn't doubt any of our crew coming out but I was worried about our people, worried if everyone would make it and survive in this weather," Mayne said.
In addition to a warm meal, volunteers handed out jackets, blankets and other winter supplies to help keep the homeless warm. Mayne said the organization also provides welfare checks for those living on the streets.
“Our community well comes to together and it’s great,” Mayne said. "When we go to check on people at night, we pass those clothing donations out with hand warmers so they can keep from getting frostbite."
Mayne said, "It’s so fun to play in the snow, but when you’re out here you see the other side, when it does snow, how much it affects the people that are sleeping out here."
The CHP hosts community meals two to three times a week, with soup dinners on Tuesday and Fridays and a community feed every other Sunday in Hawthorne Park in Medford.