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Community Assistance Needed for Free Dinner in Monticello

November 14, 2014

[MONTICELLO] – The Food Pantry Committee of the Monticello Interfaith Council is hosting a free Community Thanksgiving Meal on Saturday, November 22 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Monticello High School.  Volunteers, donations and contributions of food from area groups and individuals are needed.

“We are driven to meet a need in our community and bring people together,” said Janet Veale, who is a member of the committee. “We are aiming to provide a warm meal in an inviting setting for more than 500 people.  We hope everyone who wants to will attend, but we can’t do it without assistance.”

The Food Pantry Committee was created this year to combat food insecurity.  For this meal, the committee is looking for contributions of beverages and desserts.  Volunteers are needed on Saturday to decorate, help in the kitchen, serve food and assist with clean up.  Help is also needed to prep the food starting at 3:00 p.m. on Friday.  If too much of an item is collected or left over, it will be donated to one of the local food pantries.

Those interested in participating can email or call Sullivan Renaissance, a longtime supporter of the Interfaith Council, at 845-295-2405.  All check donations can be made payable to the United Methodist Church of Monticello, memo: “Community Thanksgiving Dinner,” and mailed to 445 Broadway, Monticello NY, 12701.

“This is an opportunity to make a difference this Thanksgiving season,” said Veale, “We’re excited to work together to make this community meal happen.”

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at United Methodist Church

The Council’s annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service is planned for Sunday, November 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the United Methodist Church of Monticello on Broadway in Monticello – the day after the Community Thanksgiving Meal.  The service will include scripture readings and prayers by representatives of several religious organizations.

All people of faith are invited and welcome to attend.  An offering of canned goods and donations will be collected for the Caring Hands Food Pantry at St. John’s Episcopal Church.  Light refreshments will be available during a time of fellowship after the service.

The Monticello Interfaith Council brings together representatives of various faith communities and religious organizations to help address the social needs of Monticello.  Meetings are held regularly on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at various locations in Monticello.  For more information contact Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445.