Central Montcalm hosts free dinner

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:33 pm on Friday, December 16, 2011

STANTON —  Central Montcalm Public School is preparing to host the inaugural Winter Fest Community Dinner.

The free dinner will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Central Montcalm Middle School cafeteria in Stanton.

The menu will include ham, turkey, gravy, whipped potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, assorted breads, vegetables, desserts and beverages.

Superintendent Jake Helms said the idea for a community dinner has been discussed for years. He said the school is providing a place for the dinner, but the event itself is paid for with community donations and staffed with volunteers.

“It’s a chance for the community to all get together and give back to each other,” Helms said. “This is the first time we’ve attempted anything like this.”

Food Service Director Diane Mitchell said volunteers are still needed to donate baked goods, their time or money.

“We’re not sure how many people we’re going to get, but we’re hoping we can do this as an annul event,” Mitchell said. “Winter break is a long stretch for some families to not have something in the pantry. We know there’s a need out there.”

Anyone is welcome to attend the dinner. Call (989) 831-2403 to make reservations or to donate or volunteer.

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