Community Meals to serve up free midweek supper to families, residents

Published on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 by Brandy Kiger Shreve

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After a few months off to reorganize, Blaine Community Meals is back and ready to feed the community for a second season.

The nonprofit will once again be setting up shop in the Blaine Senior Center, located at 763 G Street next door to the Boys & Girls Club, to serve free meals to the community on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m.

The mission of the program is simple: meeting the physical, social and emotional needs of the community by providing weekly meals in a warm and caring environment.

“We’re providing a meal for those who just want to come and maybe visit with someone” said director Becky Grasher. “Or, if someone doesn’t want to worry about cooking for the night, they can stop in.”

With the high school, middle school and Boys & Girls Club located nearby, busy parents shuttling kids from place to place can stop by for a nutritious, free meal alongside other members of the community. “It’s perfect for busy parents,” she said. “They can just pop in and get a good healthy meal for their family for free.”

Volunteer groups will take over the kitchen at the Blaine Senior Center, providing their own ingredients and labor, and prepare a meal before the doors open to the community at 5 p.m. The volunteers are also responsible for service and cleanup.

“Anyone is welcome to come and serve or to eat,” Grasher said. “We have groups of friends who have gotten together to serve and various churches around the community are participating as well.”

The meals are  free, but donations will be accepted. Donations will be distributed to volunteer groups to offset the cost of ingredients.

Community Meals of Blaine is part of the Community Assistance Program.

The new program began September 4 and will extend throughout the school year, with breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Those interested in forming a volunteer group can email communitymealsblaine@gmail.com or call 360/332-6922.