Men’s group will feed hungry

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 28, 2002

While some are sleeping in this morning, others will be spending their morning hours bringing food to the less fortunate in Selma.

The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men’s Group, is sponsoring Share a Meal.

The program, said the Rev. Carroll Plourde, pastor at Queen of Peace Church, has been around for about 20 years. Its purpose is to provide a holiday meal for people who wouldn’t ordinarily have one, those who are less fortunate or live alone.

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Wednesday night about 30 people gathered at Ziter Hall, the Knight’s meeting hall, to prepare for the Thanksgiving deliveries.

Bags for the food were laid out and drinks were made ready. The group also divided the routes among the volunteers.

This way, explained Plourde, several different people wouldn’t be delivering meals to houses on Selma Avenue, for example. Instead, one person could deliver all the meals for a specific area of town.

Each volunteer had the name, address and telephone number for the people they delivered food to. They also had the number of meals each household needed.

The meals, said Plourde, consist of turkey meat, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, a vegetable, bread rolls, dessert and a drink.

Thanksgiving morning, the first volunteers arrived to make sure the food was hot, said Plourde. Shortly thereafter, the meals were packed into the bags and then the deliveries began.

Plourde estimated that all deliveries would be completed by noon. That way, he explained, people could get meals delivered to them in time for lunch, and the volunteers could return to their own families in time to celebrate the holiday.

Plourde joked that his role was one of the easiest. He said all he had to do was make an announcement about Share a Meal, put it in the bulletin and encourage people to participate.