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September 21, 2018

Workers at All Saints Church Free Weekly Dinner Turn Donations into Future Meals


Jean Avery, Mary Lou Santoro and Yvonne Shatrau peel apples to store them after cooking for future meals for the Tuesday night free community meal program.

Jean Avery, Mary Lou Santoro and Yvonne Shatrau peel apples to store them after cooking for future meals for the Tuesday night free community meal program.

Volunteers at All Saints Episcopal Church’s Tuesday night dinner program spent time recently processing a bountiful harvest of local vegetables and fruit for use in future meals.

For several years now, the church has operated a free dinner at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday nights for any member of the community who wants or needs a meal and some company.  Though the setting is a church, the meal program is non-religious.

It attracts between 50 and 100 people per week.

The program has attracted help from volunteers of other local churches, such as Trinity Catholic Church and Prince of Peace Church.

Organizers seek grants and donations to keep the program running.  They can feed people a nutritious dinner for about a dollar a plate.

However, the recent donation of squash, tomatoes, beans, corn, broccoli and apples from area farmers has given the program a boost.  Volunteers prepared and cooked excess donations so they could be frozen for future meals.

The organizers and volunteers of the meal program offer thanks to the local farmers who made the donations.

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