View from the Floor

Kimbap Celebrates You!
By Christina D. Hawes

It was a Saturday, a Saturday afternoon in the last months of 2015, when a man on wheels stopped by Kimbap. He was riding his bicycle and was eager to try Kimbap for the first time.  He had heard great things and was enthused that we worked with local farmers for our produce. The man on wheels goes by Robert Shertz.

That Saturday in 2015 I served Robert, and almost every time Robert stops by for lunch I always have the pleasure of taking care of him and his love of our japchae glass noodles with “that red sauce”. I always notice Robert is utilizing his bicycle, walking or riding the R-line to get around Raleigh. In fact, on my way to work one lunch shift I used the R-line and Robert was there and just so happened to be heading to the same place I was, Kimbap! He was in the mood for japchae, of course.

We always have such a great conversation; he’s very concerned with what’s happening in Raleigh. I was opening up the restaurant last week and I noticed Robert walking by, I immediately went to say hello. It was in that moment I found Robert, the man on wheels, is much more than a man that loves Kimbap’s food. He informed me he was next door at Brew having a meeting regarding the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. He looked at me and said, “… can you believe that there are children hungry right here in Raleigh?”  To my surprise, he serves Inter-Faith Food Shuttle as Board Emeritus.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is a nonprofit organization that has been serving the Triangle and seven counties aiding over 275, 000 people in our communities who suffer from hunger for over 25 years. “We Feed. We Teach. We Grow.” This statement stands so powerful and is held true as The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle operates to feed our neighbors in need through Food Recovery & Distribution, Backpack Buddies for children in school and Grocery Bags for Seniors. They teach Nutrition Education, Culinary Job Training and Incubator Farm Program. Lastly, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle encourages growth through Community Gardens, Urban Agriculture Training and Teaching farms.

One of the greatest feelings of serving our guests at Kimbap is being able to connect. Beyond a shared love for similar dish or thirst for knowing all the ingredients that goes into preparing the ramen broth; we are able to genuinely engage and know one another. It’s a privilege to serve Robert as he is serving our neighbors in need. Thank you for all you do Inter- Faith Food Shuttle!

For more information on Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and how to volunteer or donate visit www.foodshuttle.org