Communal Breakfast

Christian Hartwell

A cook at the Eugene Mission, Trent Lee comes to the table despite past circumstances.

After a blazing fire gutted the kitchen that serves on average 800 meals a day to Eugene’s homeless population, the Eugene Mission had to find a solution. Four months later, on a Tuesday morning just after 7 a.m. breakfast is being served.

Trent Lee, the kitchen manager, just finished preparing biscuits, gravy, and hamburger patties out of a portable, temporary kitchen replacing the old one, to a large, hangar-like room full of the Mission’s clientele.

Trent and his coworker, Tim, are now unloading food delivered from local businesses — today’s donation is from Hole-in-the-Wall BBQ.

Trent sets a 12-pack of salsa on the counter inside the portable kitchen as they start planning the lunch preparation.

“Right now we’re doing Taco Tuesday,” Tim says.

“We’re kind of unorthodox with it,” Trent says about their usage of various meats…

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