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How soup and sandwiches help build community

I recently read with interest the article about the Picton United Church Women’s Soup and Sandwich Committee hosting a luncheon with proceeds being directed to the PECMH Foundation’s Campaign for Digital Mammography.
I could not help but reflect on the fact that this is just one volunteer organization of many that works tirelessly to give back to the community. Ten years ago this group of 12, under the leadership of long-time volunteer Phyllis Mabee, thought that it might be a good idea to offer quick, health-wise and reasonably-priced lunches for  business people. They do get some customers from the business community (especially take out orders); however, most of their guests are retirees who usually stay and visit and enjoy a nourishing lunch that they don’t have to prepare themselves.
The committee members soon realized that they were providing food and fellowship while making money for their outreach programs. All funds raised by this Mission and Service Committee go to many programs – including the ROC, Alternatives for Women, Salvation Army, fire victims, Snow Suit Fund, CAS Christmas Tree Angel Program, Reaching for Rainbows, Hospice and Stephen Lewis – Grannies for Africa.
Their menu has remained the same: soup (three choices), sandwiches (four choices) and homemade cookies along with tea, coffee or juice.
Over the last 10 years their prices have gone from $5 to $7 which is probably one of the best deals in town considering the quality of the food. All the food is donated by the members of this group.
It is obvious that these ladies enjoy working together and at the same time giving back to the community. I have had occasion to attend some of these luncheons (usually on the 3rd Wed. of each month) and I have found the food very tasty, especially the hearty soups. There are many groups in the County that are also doing “Good Things”. I think that we all realize that one day some of us may need the help of community services and that the County could not run without dedicated volunteers. Please consider volunteering your time with an organization of your choice as many groups are very much in need of help. There is no better feeling than knowing you have helped others. Just ask the Soup and Sandwich Ladies.

-Fran

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About the Author: Fran Renoy has lived in the County for forty years so considers herself almost a native. Both she and her husband Bill consider themselves very fortunate to live in beautiful Prince Edward County. She worked at PECM hospital for thirty years as a x-ray technologist,retiring in 1998.She has a very strong passion for her local hospital and encourages others to speak up and not be afraid to do so if they feel that services are being eroded.

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