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It only takes a spark to rally a community

Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 9:28 am

Many people know Bev Mangan from her work with the Westmoreland Players, but she is also the sparkplug behind the monthly “Community Lunches” at Henderson United Methodist Church in Hyacinth.
Every fourth Thursday except in November and December, from 60 to 90 people come to Henderson for the free lunch. Last week it was chicken and stuffing, cranberry sauce, peas and carrots, rolls and dessert. In August it will be something else. Every month is different and portions are enough to give a trencherman pause. Mangan said Thursday that she got the idea when she went to a similar lunch at Fairfield’s Methodist in Burgess three years ago. “If they could do it, so could we,” Mangan said, so she started the program.
Preparing meals wasn’t new to Mangan. After her husband died, she found that cooking for one was wasteful and realized there were others in similar situations. She started the church’s meals for those who can’t get out. It delivers three meals a week to the elderly, the infirm and others who have difficulties. The program, which is going on 20 years old, delivers to people who live within about a 10-mile radius around Hyacinth. It also dove tails well with the community lunches.
Mangan said she and other volunteers prepare the Community Lunches for 90 people. The left overs, if there are any, become the Friday meals on the home delivery program.
Mangan said she gets most of the food from the local Food Bank although some items have to be bought or donated. “There’s not a lot I have to buy,” Mangan noted.

For the full article pick up a copy of this weeks Northumberland Echo 8/1/18