Thursday morning before work, Elisa and I ate breakfast at a really cute French bakery in the Quarter. Then we went to a Catholic Charities commodity drop where people were picking up boxes of free food. We walked from car to car, handing out flyers and explaining one of our outreach programs targeted at Louisiana Purchase cardholders. MarketMatch is a program where we match the dollar amount someone charges to their Louisiana Purchase card. So if they swipe their card for $20, we give them $40 in market tokens. It's yet another wonderful program to bring low-income people to the market.
Later in the afternoon, we visited Kingsley House (a community center) and presented to 130 first-graders in a gym. Have you ever tried to talk to 130 first-graders in a gym? Let me tell you from experience that it is impossible. So that didn't go so well, but hopefully they'll gain more from actually being at market next week.
Thursday evening we took Vicki to Superior Seafood for dinner. By the end of the meal, all twelve scholars were there! I was so happy that everyone was together, because I can't remember a single other time that has happened this summer.
This morning I made tomato sauce with Kelly and Tatiana to practice for the demo tomorrow. Then I met with Vicki, Emery and Richard. It was really encouraging to hear positive feedback from Emery and Richard, and rewarding to show Vicki how happy I am in this internship placement. Emery, Elisa, Kelly, Tatiana and I then shared a fantastic lunch at Boucherie as a special commemoration of the end of our summer here. It was the highlight of my day, but also a little bittersweet. I'm really going to miss these women.
I finished the day out at the office then took a couple of friends to Uncle Jimmy's place for dinner. He prepared a special duck and andouille ettouffee for us and we all greatly enjoyed the evening together.
I desperately need to go to sleep now so I can be energetic for my canning demonstrations tomorrow morning!