OSL: Only Serving Love. One hot meal at a time.
Look at what we've accomplished in the eight months of 2016.
“To provide dignity, care and compassion through action, with the example that each person can make a difference.
To educate and advocate acceptance and understanding of each other’s differences.
To ultimately bring about the realization that we are all a vital part of this world and with extended effort put an end to homelessness, hunger and hatred.”
OSL was born in 1989…
with the delivery of 30 Organic Sack Lunches to the streets of Seattle. Baptized OPERATION: Sack Lunch, we soon outgrew the registered identifier of our 501 (c) 3.
With more than 6 million no cost meals served, the rescue and procurement of more than 4 million pounds of quality meal ingredients, and the establishment of 7 additional satellite programs under the direction of what we call the “Mother-Ship”, we now simply refer to ourselves as OSL… and each day these letters remind us that we are always and ONLY Serving Love…
OSL ~ HOT MEALS
We prepare and serve more than 35,000 no-cost meals each month to those who struggle with hunger. We provide, at no charge, nutritionally excellent meals for agencies throughout seattle.
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Thoughts From our E.D.
CHEF PAUL NICOLOSI ….May 13th 1962 – October 6th 2016
Life and Death…Death and Life…Death is a part of life…But it is always shocking, especially when it happens to someone we admire, care about, love… It reminds us of our own mortality…and no matter if we are 5 or 95, it is always too soon, because we…love…to breathe. To feel the sun on our faces, to taste chocolate and raspberries, to hear the giggle of a child, to watch a sunset or a star shooting across the sky, to pet a wriggling puppy…
Chef Paul came to OSL at a time when he was struggling and in deep need. OSL became the bridge to Paul’s light…a place where he could heal and develop… to learn how to forgive and to accept forgiveness, to understand the root of deep radical compassion, to practice humility and to become a true servant of love.
Paul was not perfect, and we did not and do not love him because he was perfect. We love him because he was utterly fallible… and in that fallibility he taught us to be humble and kind, gentle and patient, generous and forgiving.
Paul was not a religious person, but he was deeply spiritual… he understood that we are all connected, and by his empathy, he connected with us all…He understood that if one of us is homeless, none of us have a home…If one of us is hungry, none of us are truly nourished… If one of us is hurt, all of us feel the pain, and if one of us is filled with joy, then, indeed, there is reason to rejoice.
We celebrate the life of Chef Paul Nicolosi in gratitude for the time that we were allowed to share with him, and that he shared with us…For all the moments of laughter, tenderness, consternation, chaos, drama, the fabulous food, his dedication, and his generous and loving heart.
Chef Paul, We miss you.
Food Insecurity affects 1 in 7 individuals in our State. Food inequity affects people of color, women, children, the elderly, chronically ill, economically challenged, homeless, people with disabilities, indigenous, substance abusers, people with mental challenges and dementia, and those who live in isolated rural settings.
Throughout Washington State there are areas known as Food Deserts. A food desert has no food resources, such as a grocery store, restaurant, food bank, meal program, or convenience store, but has a population needing nutritional support. These populations are usually no or low income; elder adults, families living in cars, homeless veterans, children, women, and men.
OSL plans to purchase an 18 foot step side van that is fully equipped as a Mobile Kitchen. The cost of this vehicle is $140,000. We are currently actively pursing funding sources to make this purchase. Contributions to this effort are greatly appreciated. The Mobile Kitchen will allow us to deliver meals directly in food deserts throughout the greater Seattle area. A food desert has no access to life sustaining food, yet has a population in need of sustenance. We project that with this vehicle we will serve 20,000 unduplicated individuals struggling with hunger in our community. This vehicle will also serve as an educational lab for populations challenged with hunger, providing Next Step training on nutritional meal preparation, using foods from donated sources.
OSL is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization