I don't consider myself much of a cook. But when I landed on Lesvos and saw the constant influx of hungry, tired, and sometimes malnourished people I knew I had to adopt a chef hat.
Food was needed all over the island, people were arriving hungry and could spend up to 7 days trying to get registered. There was little structured help so we just jumped in, first day was 300 meals then as people joined the team it grew and we started cooking twice a day and peaked at over 2000 meals.
I had always thought I had little to offer in the way of volunteering, what skills did I have? But arriving on Lesvos soon fixed that it was a great example of what can be achieved when there is the people, the will and resources. It was a complete team effort, donating food, transporting, cooking, security and of course cleaning everything slipped into line.
Fortunately for the people we helped to feed I partnered with some amazing people from all around the globe. Our culinary and project management skills combined to form a routine I can hardly believe we managed.