The history of Veda's Breakfast featuring Veda with her granddaughter Breanna
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About five years ago one Sunday, Veda and her grandaughter Breanna were walking on the Umatilla River levee when they observed several homeless individuals.
Realizing that on Sundays there was no place these people could go to get a meal, Veda decided to do something on her own. She loaded up a barbecue grill into the back of her
pickup, drove down to Stillman Park, and cooked up a simple but nutritious breakfast for all who came, no questions asked. Veda made a ritual of cooking this Sunday breakfast in the park for several weeks. Then one day she happened to visit the First United Methodist Church and received permission from its pastor to serve the breakfast in the church's fellowship hall. Veda's church, the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, began supporting the breakfast with food and money donations. The breakfast has been served at the Methodist Church almost every Sunday since. In 2013, Neighbor 2 Neighbor took over the breakfast as one of its three operations. Veda serves as the breakfast coordinator and is assisted by numerous volunteers. Veda's Breakfast shows how one caring person can make a difference in the lives of others.
Volunteers usually arrive at the church between 6:30 and 7:00 AM. The doors are unlocked at that time and all are welcome inside. The church kitchen is inspected periodically by the health department and is approved for this operation. The breakfast is free of charge.