Waterston Centre Cook Went From Oil Rigs to Feeding Regina’s Needy

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Story courtesy of the Regina Leader Post:

The “lottery truck” pulls up to the Salvation Army’s Waterston Centre every Tuesday afternoon. After the wheels come to a stop, those in Kevin Hall’s mind begin churning with meal ideas as he surveys the weekly grocery haul.

“I call it the lottery truck because you never know what’s going to come off of it,” Hall noted ahead of Monday night’s striploin steak dinner, a “home-run” meal that had been planned for weeks.

The 53-year-old is one of three cooks at Waterston Centre who plan and prepare daily meals for about 80 men staying at the shelter and the adjacent social-housing complex.

Hall relishes Tuesday afternoons. As he eyes the piles of fresh produce and meats, he lets his imagination begin to form the next week’s menu that can include homemade lasagna, spaghetti and shepherd’s pie.

“The best way of describing it is I get to go to work every day, (where) I have a whole bunch of raw material in front of me and at the end of the day, I’ve created a finished product,” Hall explained. “I have a passion for cooking.”

His passion has taken him to more than 50 kitchens at oil camps across the country, working 16-hour days feeding those cashing in on the resource boom.

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