Al & Friends Sunday Breakfast
A 501(c)3 Nonprofit
With love, we serve the Monterey Peninsula Community nutritious hot meals weekly - to anyone who is hungry, no questions asked.
We do this every Sunday morning and holidays at Window On The Bay, located directly across from McDonalds in Monterey at 717 Del Monte Blvd.
We are so grateful to our amazing community of generous donors!
We sent out hand-signed thank you cards and emails to the generous donors... but THANK YOU for your support with MCGives! and in spreading the word about this awesome end-of-year push for a "Big Idea" that gives nonprofits like us a HUGE boost.
Nathan Binder is awarded the first honorary "Nathan Biner Youth Award!"
Nathan has been coming down every Sunday that he physically could, ready to work, and with a smile. He's such a wonderful, amazing young man who has inspired many of us - young and old. He has earned this award, one that this board of directors will continue to give to astounding youth among Al & Friends every year, and it will bear his name in honor - as the inspiration for such a prestigious endowment.
Thank you Nathan, for all that you do, and your consistent dedication to Al & Friends.
every Sunday morning
This is Al & Friends Sunday Breakfast
Al & Friends provides a dignified, nutritiously balanced, sit-down meal every Sunday morning at the beach in Monterey, with no questions asked. These weekly feasts are designed to amaze the guests, but are also aimed to feed and uplift some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Along with the meal, we encourage all members of the community to build bonds with those who may not see a square meal often, may feel forgotten or neglected, or just disconnected.
This started with the vision of our founder, Al Siekert, a retired chef and caterer, who wanted to provide a meal with dignity to our most in need community members. As he sought donors and collected change at the market, he found a way to spread his compassion... a way to succinctly “show & tell” folks about what he does with a genuine and truly inspiring persona, without any pretence or dogma. After over 8 years, seen at the Farmer’s Markets (Pacific Grove and Monterey) weekly, Al & Friends has become a mainstay in the community! Powered by donations from the people of the community as well as local businesses, motivated volunteers, and Al’s sheer determination not to miss a meal, Al & Friends has not missed a Sunday breakfast for over three years running! Rain or shine, anyone needing a well-rounded meal should know that they can count on Al & Friends to come through with a welcome and a smile every Sunday morning!
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Al Siekert looked around and was bothered by what he saw. He was witnessing more and more of this every day. An exponential increase of homeless and hungry people at the intersections with a sign that reads “Anything will help’. Shopping carts heaped high with every possession this displaced person has and homeless men and women asking for spare change at the Quik Stop. “There seems to be more and more people having a hard time just trying to get through the day. Many of these folks probably haven’t had a wholesome healthy meal in days.” That’s when it hit him. He wasn’t sure how to go about it, but he had a vision. If he could just provide a nutritious meal to help these folks get a leg up for the rest of their week’s sojourn he would be happy with that. Al came up with the idea of serving a balanced, nutritious, hot meal every Sunday breakfast on the beach for anyone who is hungry. Al has mantra that says “You don’t have to be homeless to be hungry”. He gathered a couple of friends and started his dream of helping the homeless and the hungry by preparing meals at his home to take to people in need. That only lasted a short period of time as his wife put her foot down and told him that if he was really going through with this, he would need to find a kitchen other than their home. He scoured his personal contacts as well as his life-long peninsula connections and finally found a home for his new found passion within the kitchen of Tilly Gorts restaurant in New Monterey.
Since then Tilly Gorts has closed down and Al and Friends have moved their loving operation to Chautauqua Hall in Pacific Grove.
Since the inception of Al’s mission to serve a hot meal on Sunday morning, he and his friends have served over 10,000 nutritious meals and have never missed a Sunday serving since the inception of Al and Friends
Hunger in Monterey County
“Here in Monterey County over 20 percent of the population struggles with hunger” says Melissa Kendrick, executive director of the Food Bank for Monterey County. Skyrocketing rental rates have contributed to the homeless and hunger problem here on the Monterey Peninsula. Many hard-working residents have been completely priced out of this escalating rental market through no fault of their own. With current rental rates at an all time high, many are only a single paycheck away from being displaced. Of those families who do have housing, often they must choose between paying the rent and utilities or buying groceries to feed the family. It makes for a very difficult decision, especially for those with children. This is one of the reasons the Al and Friends is so passionate about serving families with children. The children don’t have a choice.
The fact is this. The hungry are all around us. Many are in plain view. Many are not. These people are food insecure, which means they lack consistent and easy access to safe, nutritionally adequate food. The problem isn’t limited only to the homeless. Many who struggle to find adequate food are working adults and the elderly. The fact is that this displaced portion of society is often overlooked in a rapidly changing and fast paced world. When a disheveled looking person stands in the medium at Fremont and Canyon Del Rey holding a sign that reads “Hungry. Anything will help”, many choose to look away. Al and Friends can’t look away. Many of these people are homeless. All these people are hungry.