This is an easy way to jump in and try your hand at mission. It’s a one time commitment for just a few hours, and older children and youth are welcome to participate with adults.
“It takes a lot of people working together,” says Lavon Geasland, a regular coordinator of MUCC’s involvement. “About 30 people help supply the food and clean up afterwards.”
Lavon said volunteers find the experience of preparing the meal rewarding.
Lavon serves with Martha Olsen on a 12-member steering committee for the Shared Table, which recently became a 501c3 nonprofit. Representatives from the McFarland Lutheran Church, Christ the King Parish, and other local organizations also participate.
The main dishes serve vary from week to week, depending on which organization is providing the meal. People are allowed to take uneaten food home. This week we’ll be serving “Amish Haystacks”, along with a selection of desserts. Guests might expect items like sloppy Joes, casseroles, or spaghetti as a main dish. McFarland UCC takes a turn at providing & serving several times each year, although a number of our members are regular participants and volunteers even when we’re not officially taking our turn.
Supplies needed: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d48aea72ea64-shared
Volunteer roles: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D48AEA72EA64-shared1
Shared Table Free Community Meals, Inc. began in Sept. 2011 in response to the rising needs at the McFarland Food Pantry, and increased use of free lunch programs by students in the McFarland School District. To learn more, visit www.sharedtablecommunitymeals.com.