To The Daily Sun,
On Tuesday, Sept. 5, FOOD FOR ALL in Ashland will celebrate its 25th anniversary! FOOD FOR ALL is a community meal served each Tuesday evening at 5:00 (weather permitting) at the Boost Club building in Ashland to anyone who wishes to partake. Its motto is “A friendly gathering so that all may eat . . . and no one will eat alone . . .“ Mike and Sue Bridges, formerly of Ashland, but currently residents of North Carolina, opened FOOD FOR ALL in September of 1992. They modeled the community meal after their experience at the St. Francis Inn, a mission/soup kitchen run by Franciscan Friars, that serves the needy in the Kensington area of Philadelphia, PA. Over the years, FOOD FOR ALL has served between 30 and over 100 guests, though more recently the numbers have been closer to 40.
In the early years, various community organizations took responsibility for preparing and serving the meals under the direction of the Bridges. More recently, a small cadre of very faithful and effective volunteers under the direction of two successors of Mike and Sue, Linda Folsom of Ashland, and Elena Worrall of New Hampton, have taken over total responsibility.
Support for FOOD FOR ALL has come totally from the generosity of businesses, organizations, churches, and individuals in the surrounding communities. In particular, FOOD FOR ALL has enjoyed significant monetary and in-kind donations from Common Man, the Plymouth Hannaford, and the New Hampton School. Local gardeners have shared their produce with us as well. We wish to sincerely thank all those donors, volunteers, and guests who have made this effort possible.
Sue Bridges will be making a visit to help us celebrate the anniversary at the dinner on September 5.
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- Written by Edward Engler
- Category: Letters
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