Dec. 27 community dinner to help those who go without


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 3:08 pm on Monday, December 24, 2012

GREENVILLE — A community dinner will be held in Greenville to help those who go without during the holiday season.

The dinner will be take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Greenville High School cafeteria.

“We started this three years ago when I had a family call and ask me where her kids could get a meal over the holiday break because they usually are able to get the free breakfast and lunch at the school,” said Linda Van Houten, director of student services at Greenville Public Schools. “But when school is not in session, families are on their own to provide the meals.”

St. Charles Catholic Church and Our Lady of consolation in Rockford are donating groceries so every family can leave the lunch with a bag of groceries to take home.

Also, the school’s staff is donating money for ham, potatoes and vegetables to serve while also make desserts and salads.

“Many of the school staff will be volunteering this day, along with many clubs and sports teams,” Van Houten said.

This year, the Greenville High School alumni have volunteered to help, which they have collected cans and raising money to give back to the families in the community.

“This has been so humbling to see these young kids step up and really want to make a difference,” she said.

Free transportation is being provided by Greenville Transit, which can be contacted at (616) 754-9331.

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