Food
By R. D. Flavin

WARNING:

While I still believe in the product and process described below, two out of the six meals I offered the Hungry did not heat as they should have.  I'll write the manufacturer and distributers and see what happens.  Until I receive satisfactory responses, I humbly ask all to refrain from getting too excited about the claims of the manufacturer.  I guess it's going to be ...wait and see.  I'll update when I can.

UPDATE:
 
I wrote the company, the French-Belgian owner of the company called me several times over a two week period, justly bragged about his product (sales to US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan), complimented me on my approach to hunger (amongst other things), mentioned plans for an upstate New York production plant being built and how there could be a “place” for me, then showed some shrewd honestly by hypothesizing that shipping containers off-loaded in Miami showed signs of water damage, were declared unfit for consumption (for insurance purpose), and likely made their way to the Dollar-Store circuit, long known to deal in fire-sales and damaged goods. Then, with a charming business acumen, he asked that I take down the web-page concerning his product, as the Dollar-Store aspect could hurt both present accounts (the aforementioned US military) and future sales and production. He asked for some time, I removed a hyperlink to the web-page, but didn't delete the material. Recently, I happened upon the web-page and have decided to 'reinstate' a hyperlink (as the owner never got back to me after “some time”). Some of the info for pantries may be out of date, so please verify before making a trip.


   
Various examples of Quick Cuisine self-heating meals.


The back has a detachable cardboard strip, vigorous kneading and mixng of a the calcium and water mixture is required, bend the front cardboard "lid" back, remove napkin and fork, fold back the front cardboard "lid" to its original position, make sure bottom is on a fireproof surface, wait ten minutes and enjoy a hot meal.

    
Display for Quick Cuisine and heating instructions.

Sevin SA
Espace 114, Grand Rue 114, CH-1820 Montreux, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 21 963 74 85 - +41 21 963 74 40
Fax: +41 21 963 74 83 - +41 21 963 74 39
E-mail: info@quickcuisine.info
web: http://www.quickcuisine.info

     Sevin SA is a manufacturer and distributor of self-heating ready meals. Self-heating means not having to use any external sources such as microwaves, ovens etc. You can now enjoy a hot meal anywhere, anytime. You do not have to refrigerate the meal and can store it anywhere you wish. It has an eighteen month lifespan. Its commercial brand names are QuickCuisine, HotBox etc. Our self-heating meals are the most convenient and up to date on the market. Wide choice of delicious menus produced in our high-tech factories which also manufacture microwavable meals and canned food. Halal and Kosher meals are also available. Full EC, FDA / USDA, health and safety certification available upon request.

USA Distributors:

Quick Cuisine USA, LLC
2800 S Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32805
Local: (407) 383-0662
Fax: (407) 428-1095
Toll Free: (888) 511-5911

also:

Bouffard Trading and Investment Corp.
2800 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32805

Alternative contact info:

Bouffard Trading and Investment Corporation
2232 Winter Woods Blvd.
Winter Park, FL 32792
Tel. 1-407-451-5824
web: www.quickcuisine.biz


Metropolitan Boston and North Shore shelters and assistance programs:
 
BETTY'S PLACE
40 Berkley Street
Boston, MA 02116
61k7-482-1126
BOSTON CITY SHELTER
Long Island Hospital
P.O. Box 158
Long Island Health Campus
Boston, MA 02122
617-534-2526
BOSTON FAMILY SHELTER
656 Mass. Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
617-267-8081
BOSTON NIGHT CENTER
31 Bowker Street
P.O. Box 8031 J.F.K. Station
Boston, MA 02111
617-248-1998
BOSTON YMCA
EMERGENCY ROOMS PROGRAM
316 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
617-536-7800
BRIDGEHOUSE
24 Baker Street
Lynn, MA 01902
781-593-3898
BROOKVIEW HOUSE
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM
2 Brookview Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
617-265-2965
CAMBRIDGE SHELTER
(SALVATION ARMY)
109 School Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-547-3400
CAMBRIDGE YWCA
EMERGENCY FAMILY SHELTER
3 Bigelow Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-491-6055
CAMBRIDGE YWCA
7 Temple Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-491-6055
CARDINAL MEDEIROS CENTER
140 Shawmut Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
617-451-9331
CAROLINA HILL SHELTER
728 Main Street
Marshfield, MA 02050
781-837-1377
CATHOLIC CHARITIES
St. Ambrose Family Inn
25 Leonard Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
617-288-7675
CHARDON STREET SHELTER,
TEMPORARY HOME FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
41 New Chardon Street
P.O. Box 9291
Boston, MA 02114
617-523-2337
CHILDREN'S SERVICES OF ROXBURY
504 Dudley St., 3rd Fl.
Roxbury, MA 02119
617-445-6655
CRITTENTON HASTINGS HOUSE
10 Pertshire Road
Brighton, MA 02135
617-782-7600
CROSSROADS FAMILY SHELTER
56 Havre Street
East Boston, MA 02128
617-567-5926
CROSS STREET FAMILY SHELTER
59 Cross Street
P.O. Box 440436
Sommerville, MA 02144
617-776-6661
FAMILY HOUSE SHELTER
250-252 Columbia Rd
Dorchester, MA 02121
617-427-4470
FATHER BILL'S PLACE
38 Broad Street
Quincy, MA 02169
617-376-2255
FIRST CHURCH SHELTER
11 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-661-1873
HARBORLIGHT SALVATION ARMY SHELTER
407 Shawmut Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
617-536-7469
HOLY FAMILY SHELTER
1 Lingard Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
617-445-8461
HORIZON HOUSE
P.O. Box 382
Mattapan, MA 02126
617-296-2492
KINGSTON HOUSE
39 Kingston Street
Boston, MA 02112-0069
617-482-9074
LEMUEL SHATTUCK SHELTER
Lemuel Shattuck Hospital
170 Morton Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-522-8110 Ext. 3229
LYNN SHELTER ASSOCIATION
100 Willow Street
Lynn, MA 01901
781-581-6600
MARY MARTHA
1045 Main Street
Hingham, MA 02043
781-749-5441
NAZARETH HOUSE
91 Regent Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
617-541-0100
PILGRIM CHURCH SHELTER
540 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
617-825-3300
PINE STREET INN
444 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
617-482-4944
PROJECT HOPE - SISTERS OF THE ASSUMPTION
45 Magnolia Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
617-442-1880
PROJECT PLACE PROGRAM FOR THE HOMELESS
32 Rutland Street
Boston, MA 02118
617-262-3740
QUEEN OF PEACE
401 Quincy Street
Boston, MA 02125
617-288-4182
REVISION HOUSE
38 Fabyan Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
617-825-8642
ROSIE'S PLACE
889 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
617-442-9322
CASA NUEVA VIDA
53 Glen Road
P.O. Box 2115
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-524-0285
SAINT FRANCIS HOUSE DAY CENTER
39 Boylston Street
P.O. Box 499
Essex Station
Boston, MA 02112
617-542-4211
SAINT PATRICK'S SHELTER
270 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143
617-625-1920
HOLY FAMILY
24 Hartford Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
617-445-8461
SALVATION ARMY
EMERGENCY SHELTER
402 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-547-3400
ROXBURY FAMILY SHELTER SALVATION ARMY FAMILY SHELTER
23 Vernon Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
617-427-6700
SANCTA MARIA HOME
11 Waltham Street
Boston, MA 02118
617-423-4366
SHELTER, INC.
109 School Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-547-1885
SOJOURNER HOUSE
85 Rockland Street
Roxbury, MA 02119-1975
617-442-0590
SOMERVILLE HOMELESS COALITION ADULT SHELTER
Box 440436
(14 Chapel St.)
Somerville, MA 02144
617-623-3534
FAMILY SHELTER
59 Cross Street
P.O. Box 440436
Somerville, MA 02144
617-776-6661
SPIN
248 South Common Street
Lynn, MA 01905
781-598-9417

ST. MARY'S HOME
90 Cushing Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02121
617-436-8600
TEMPORARY HOME FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
41 New Chardon Street
Boston, MA 02114
617-720-3611
TRAVELERS AID SOCIETY
711 Atlantic Avenue At 17 East Street
Boston, MA 02111-2842
617-542-7286
UNIVERSITY LUTHERAN SHELTER
66 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-876-3256
WOMEN UNIT SHELTER
363 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118
617-482-4944
WOODS MULLEN SHELTER
784 Massachusetts Ave. (Rear)
Boston, MA 02118
617-534-7100
ACTION, INC. EMERGENCY SHELTER
370 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-283-4125
BRIDGE HOUSE
24 Baker Street
Lynn, MA 01902
781-593-3898
BRISTOL LODGE WOMEN'S SHELTER
205 Bacon Street
P.O. Box 541095
Waltham, MA 02453
781-894-1225
COMMUNITY TEAMWORK PAWTUCKET HOUSE
360 Pawtucket Street
Lowell, MA 01854
978-452-5410
DAYBREAK SHELTER
75 North Parish Road
Lawrence, MA 01843
978-975-4547
EMMAUS HOUSE
105 Winter Street
P.O. Box 568
Haverhill, MA 01831
978-241-3500
GREATER LOWELL EMERGENCY FAMILY SHELTER
167 Dutton Street
Lowell, MA 01852
978-459-0551
HOUSE OF HOPE
812 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01854
978-458-2870
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
64 Eastern Point Road
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-281-3328
INN-BETWEEN
25 Holten Street
Peabody, MA 01960
978-532-2372
LAZARUS HOUSE
48 Holly Street
P.O. Box 408
Lawrence, MA 01842
978-689-8575
MARY'S HOUSE
P.O. Box 1095
62 Church Street
Waltham, MA 02453
781-647-9957
M.E.A.D.O.W.S. PROGRAM
20 Cottage Street
Natick, MA 01760
508-647-0348
MEDFORD FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION CENTER
2 Central Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
781-391-9116
MERRIMACK HOUSE
423 Pawtucket Street
Lowell, MA 01854
978-937-2418
LOWER TRANSITIONAL LIVING CENTER
189 Middlesex Street
Lowell, MA 01852
978-458-9888
NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAMS
75-81 Central Street
Peabody, MA 01960
978-532-8620 ext. 204
SALEM MISSION
7 Crombie Street
Salem, MA 01970
978-744-0500
SANDRA'S LODGE
200 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02452
781-899-7311
STEPPING STONES
50 Newhall Street
Lynn, MA 01902
781-592-3535
TRANSITIONAL FAMILY HOME
254 Broadway
Malden, MA 02148
617-324-1303
TRI-CITY HOUSING TASK FORCE
350 Cross Street
Malden, MA 02148
781-322-9119
WELLSPRING HOUSE
302 Essex Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-281-3221
BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS
47 West Street
Boston, MA 02111
617-423-9575

BOSTON HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOMELESS
729 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
857-654-1000

ESTHER R. SANGER CENTER FOR COMPASSION

c/o Melissa DeBono
P.O. Box 31
Quincy, MA 02170
617 847 6967




      And, of course, there’s police cars and jails, ambulances and emergency rooms, clinics and advice centers, churches and other places of worship, and many other examples of where one could encounter a hungry person or three in need of a hot meal when all the shelter kitchens are closed.  It’s about food and getting a hot meal to the hungry.  We must bring a table to those who have none. 


On Congress St., facing Boston City Hall & next to Fanueil Hall-an afternoon of shame for Beantown.
Also, see:
The City of Boston Homeless Hall of Shame

     Over the next few weeks I’ll be contacting most of the organizations listed above to inquire if they’d be interested in stocking such an essential item as a self-heating meal in a box.  If enough positive replies are received, I’ll solicit donors to make arrangements with the organizations.  Wish me luck and let me know if there’s something I’m missing.

[Note:  Apparently British campers and fishermen love Quick Cuisine and pay several dollars (£ & €) apiece.  I bought mine at a local SAVE-A- LOT for a buck.  Perhaps we should hurry...]

Sincerest regards,

Rick

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