If you are a Muscatine-area resident and a regular reader, I need your help from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the dining room at MCSA. That is when the organizers for the Loaves & Fishes meal program for the needy needed some volunteers to step forward.
After organizing a group that helped serve this meal about this time last year, I told the program’s volunteer organizers that I would twist arms and convince some of my friends to help prepare and serve the meal again and then clean up when we are done.
Here is what I need of anyone who reads this and would be interested and available to help:
- A total of four gallons of milk.
- Enough dessert for up to 100 people — 104 were served on Feb. 9. It’s best to keep it simple: Nothing with peanut butter or any kind of nuts. Buying cookies is perfectly acceptable.
- Two people to begin preparing the meal at 9 a.m.
- At least seven to eight people working from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to serve the meal and clean up. As I recall from last year, it works best to have some volunteers plate the meals on an assembly line and others to work as waiters and waitresses who serve the meals and drinks the same as they would in a restaurant.
This is a very worthwhile cause — one in which your entire family could participate. Several of my friends who helped last year brought their children or grandchildren. In fact, the kids were great servers.
I hope to hear from a lot of you. You may reach me by posting a comment here or sending me an email at email@example.com.
Thank you for considering this and agreeing to help. I’m looking forward to working with you on Feb. 23.