Meredith Altrusans Serve 117 at Hands Across the Table event

LACONIA — On April 23 some 18 members of the Altrusa club of Meredith rolled up their sleeves and joined together to organize, cook, serve and clean up for 117 people at 'Hands Across the Table' in Laconia.
The meal was prepared by Chef Lou Gaynor, Assistant Chef Tammy Fontaine and additional 'Hands Across the Table' volunteers. Guests enjoyed beef barley soup, pork loin with stuffing, vegetables and gravy and a chocolate fudge cake topped with fresh berries.
Families, the homeless, seniors, people in financial straits and those in need of companionship all join together to enjoy an evening of great food and friendship.
'Hands Across the Table' holds this "dinner party" every Tuesday evening from 5-6:30 p.m.
In conjunction with serving a delicious meal, the Altrusa Club of Meredith also celebrated World Book Night by distributing sixty World Book Night books and more than forty children's books from their Literacy Committee's on-going commitment to spread the love of reading. World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give free, specially-printed books to light or non-readers across America. Volunteer book lovers help promote reading by going into our communities and handing out free copies of a book we love to those without means or access to a printed book.


Altrusa Club of Meredith served 117 people at Hands Across the Table and donated more than one hundred books in honor of World Book Night. (Courtesy photo)