By Katie Collins News Eagle Reporter
Every month at the Lakeville United Methodist Church, there is a luncheon with home cooked meals served for anyone in need of a good meal. A volunteer at the luncheon, Chris is the luncheon organizer and with a laugh she called herself a "soup kitchen extraordinaire."
That December day, Chris arrived at the church and started cooking hams around 7:30 in the morning. A collaborative effort, Chris said a church in Hawley recently donated 150 bags of food to the pantry.
Since last year, Chris said the luncheon has been growing and "starting to catch on." In October, 75 people were served, last month, 90 meals were served. Just like a Thanksgiving in someone’s home, Chris said at Thanksgiving there were three turkeys and three big trays of stuffing and all the fixings which was "really good."
Because people need help, Chris said she volunteers to help the community because "people are hurting and it’s just our way of paying back." For December’s luncheon, there was a complete ham dinner with mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, baked beans, salad, different casseroles and all kinds of desserts. With a laugh, Chris said the "Methodist ladies are good cooks and good bakers."
Reverend Debra Dailey of the Lakeville United Methodist Church said everyone is welcome to the luncheon because "it’s only when we’re friends that we can change the world."
The luncheon is the last Thursday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information call (570) 226-6713.