Public meal program hits 2-year anniversary |

Public meal program hits 2-year anniversary

Two years ago, when members of St. Patrick’s Church in Grass Valley were looking for ways to reach out to the community, they came up with the idea of a free meal that offered nourishment, as well as company.

“It’s for companionship, not just for supplementing an income,” volunteer Barbara Smith said.

Tonight, the second Monday community meal at St. Patrick’s church will celebrate its two-year anniversary as volunteers look ahead to expanding the number of people they serve by adding a second meal every month.

“Some of our guests have asked, ‘How come we can’t come more often?'” said Sue Gross, who founded the program.

Many of the monthly guests come regularly enough to have favorite tables. The crowd includes seniors who, according to Gross, “might be comfortable living alone, but when it comes to eating, they want companionship.”

Every second Monday of the month, about 15 volunteers show up to cook and serve 40 to 50 people in St. Patrick’s Hall. The food is donated by local organizations and the Food Bank of Nevada County.

St. Patrick’s is hoping to add a meal on the fourth Monday of every month starting in July.

Tonight’s meal will include ham, potatoes gratin and anniversary cake.

“We’re going to make it very festive for everybody,” Gross said.


To contact Staff Writer Jill Bauerle, e-mail or call 477-4219.

The Community Meal is served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. every second Monday of the month at St. Patrick’s Church, 235 Chapel Street, in Grass Valley. For more information, call 477-0639.

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