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Community breakfast ​expanded


Monday, May 23, 2016 5:31PM

The free community breakfast program at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church expanded this year from 17 to 22 weeks, added a Saturday meal and increased the number of guests served by 1,500 men, women and children. The program was held from Nov. 27, 2015 through April 16 in the parish hall of the church.

The effort was underwritten and staffed by the KUUC, the United Church of Christ, Parish of the Holy Spirit (which includes St. Margaret Mary Church), and the Knights of Columbus in order to purchase food in bulk, with additional financial support from many individuals. Two additional churches made financial contributions; the Federated Church of Marlborough and St. James Episcopal Church through its thrift shop.

Daily teams of volunteers were responsible for planning and preparing meals each day. Breakfast items varied but included an assortment of cereal, oatmeal, toast, French toast, pancakes, potatoes, eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, granola bars, coffee, juice and milk. Food purchases and donations were supplemented by The Bread Shed and a grant from C&S Wholesale Grocers that provided 17 cases of food. A chest freezer was purchased and donated by Kathy Guenther in memory of her daughter, Bonnie White, which allowed for increased acceptance of donated food and bulk food

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our partner churches, the Community Kitchen, 100 Nights Shelter and the donations made by local businesses,” said the Rev. Michael F. Hall of the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church. “However, none of this would be possible without the volunteer crews who lovingly log so many hours to make the breakfasts and serve the people. Still the need for more of this type of programming is great; people need a good, hot breakfast throughout the year. Hunger doesn’t end just because the winter is over.”