Paul Hendrickson just took over Savory Sunday's main fundraiser -- Grillin' 4 Peace, held annually on frozen Lake Wingra.
The return of Savory Sunday meals for the homeless to the state Capitol basement is a reminder of the compassionate legacy of longtime organizer Tom Barry, who died last year after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
Grill'n for Peace will draw 67 volunteers to Lake Wingra, where they will grill meat and raise money to feed the homeless through Savory Sunday.
"Everything he was about was making people feel good," said Savory Sunday volunteer Anna Rusk about Tom Barry, the man who lead the nonprofit group for the past seven years.
Most people are more afraid of a .357 Magnum than a 35-millimeter Nikon. But evidently, that's not the case for our legislative leaders.
Savory Sunday, a free community meal on which many Madison homeless people rely, will return Sunday to the basement of the Capitol building. The meal was locked out last spring when state officials closed a cafeteria space to the public.
When news broke that a group of protesters was camping out by Wall Street, you knew it was only a matter of time before Madison got in on that action.
As cold weather nears, homeless services providers are wondering if the Walker administration will reopen the doors to the Capitol cafeteria. The loss of the area for daytime shelter -- and a free Sunday meal -- could leave homeless people out in the cold this winter.
A volunteer advocate is asking Mayor Paul Soglin if the city will help shelter homeless people, who stand to lose two popular daytime gathering spots this winter.
The Capitol had long been a de facto day shelter for the homeless. But that all changed this spring when Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to effectively end collective bargaining for public workers brought protesters to the Capitol for days on end.