Community Lunch During COVID-19
COVID-19 has disrupted many of our UCM programs and in particular the Monday Community Lunch program. During this pandemic, a number of local organizations who provide a variety of services to our food insecure neighbors have been actively engaged in trying to address this need in our community.
An EVERYONE EATS grant was written and approved to provide financial support for local food providers to offer food for those in need of meals, and has been extended to the end of December 2022.
Under this grant, UCM will be distributing 50 entrees each Monday at 11:30 AM, from the UCM School Street parking lot. Meals will be prepared by area caterers and restaurants. Community Lunch volunteers will pack bags with flatware, desserts, drinks, fruit, and snacks to go with the entrees.
UCM Community Lunch financially supplements the entrée with snacks, fruit, and water. Home baked desserts are provided by individuals. There are several volunteers who distribute prepared entrees from the UCM parking lot every Monday since the EVERYONE EATS grant began, September 2020.
With the reopening of our building, the Community Lunch program advisory committee is meeting in October and will be discussing various approaches for offering not only nutritious meals but providing the camaraderie and sense of community to our neighbors. We have reached out to our Community Lunch volunteers and are grateful for those who want to actively reengage in the Community Lunch.
Please read the Weekly e-News for updates and ways to reengage in the program. For more information or to find out ways to become involved please contact Janet Poeton.