A CELEBRATION OF GREAT THINGS – 63,000 plates served
Over the past six years, volunteers from all walks of life have come together twice weekly to prepare and serve meals. Some volunteers have worked as cooks, servers, dishwashers and cleanup for all 6 years. At least 63,000 plates of food have been served with generous welcoming smiles.
The dinners are made possible with the participation of over 100 volunteers and donations from individuals, businesses and church groups throughout the county. Pastor Joe Strandjord and the congregation of the First Lutheran Church have made their community room available while the Columbia Pacific Food Bank partners with the program to provide some of the food served. Volunteer gardeners at Community Gardens in Scappoose and St. Helens, growing fresh vegetables for the Food Bank, are offered to the Community Meals. Currently there is a major focus on planning for more fruit and vegetables in the menu planning.
Word of mouth has created a lasting program that continues to sustain itself as an all-volunteer program.
A thank you party and celebration on June 23rd was made possible by the St. Helens Booster Club and St. Helens Federal Credit Union. Grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and homemade potato salad, pop, chips and cookies were served to guests and volunteers. In addition to the support of the St. Helens Credit Union and Booster Club, Monica Cade, RSVP, donated the decorations and Rich and Ellen Baily provided door prizes. Volunteers and donations are welcome.