Friends volunteer to help serve meal at Muscatine Center for Social Action

From the left: I was joined by friends Julie Rose, Danelle Much, Bob Nicolai, Pam Collins, Cathy Weikel, Carol Ward, Nancy Foxen, Diana Tank, Paula Durham, Megan Randoll and her daughter, Kiley Randoll, to help serve the meal Saturday for Loaves and Fishes at Muscatine Center for Social Action. We were also helped by Weikel's son,Jared Weikel, who took this photo, Jeane Arnette and her grandson, Mark Miller II, who aren't pictured.

A good deed offered a good time to 15 Muscatine residents.

The group of 15 — members of the Muscatine Kiwanis Club or the Melon City Bike Club, along with a grandson of one volunteer, the son of another and the daughter of a third — gathered Saturday to serve the Loaves and Fishes free meal. It is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays at Muscatine Center for Social Action, 312 Iowa Ave.

The meal site was established in 1992 as a non-profit, volunteer agency that provides meals for people in need. It is run by Muscatine residents Pat Wolfe, Lois Newton and Mary Louise Caponette. It relies on donations and volunteers.

Awhile back, I read that Loaves and Fishes needed volunteers so I called Wolfe and offered to help find some. I persuaded 20-some to say they would help and Wolfe penciled in the group for Feb. 25.

With spring on the horizon, it might be tough to re-sign some of these volunteers, especially those who will be bicycling on Saturdays as soon as the weather permits. But at least a couple of them said they could give up a few hours to help again the next time they are needed, which, I think, means they enjoyed themselves.

You would, too.  To sign up, call Wolfe at 563-263-3939. And if you do sign up, ask Carol Ward to join you — especially if she offers to bake brownies.

Details:

What: The Loaves and Fishes community meal site

Where: Muscatine Center for Social Action, 312 Iowa Ave.

When: 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Saturdays.

Who: The public is invited, there is no registration.

For information: Call Mary Louise Caponette at 563-262-5089.

To help: Make checks payable to Loaves and Fishes and mail them to 1805 Logan St., Muscatine IA 52761

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