Our garden plot is growing!

Our plot at the Macomb Community Garden is practically bursting with delicious potential. In addition to peppers and tomatoes, we have planted some beans that will make a delicious soup for our meal guests this fall. Because they are climbers, we were happy to accept the offer of some fencing for this season. Stay tuned for more updates as the summer progresses.

By the way, if you are interested in lending a hand in the garden, please send an email to volunteer@soupandmore.org ! You are welcome to check out the Macomb Community Garden in person. It is located just east of the intersection of Prairie and East Wheeler.

That’s How We Roll

The Bombshells, Macomb’s very own roller derby team, injected some serious fun when they rolled in to help with this month’s Soup and More bout–er, meal! They were right at home whether hip whipping with veteran volunteers in the kitchen’s serving line or hip checking piles of dirty dishes. :-D Thank you for your service!

Thank you to Matt, whose soothing music provided a welcome respite for guests and workers from the rush, clatter and clang of the kitchen, dining room, and Pack-a-Sack area.

Finally, thank you to our regular meal volunteers–and to those who were able to join us again after having been away. We could not do this without your help.

We reserve a special thank you for those who dedicate their time to food shopping, meal preparation, and Pack-a-Sack setup . . . every month! Of course, we continue to be grateful to those who support us financially and provide us with our kitchen and meal space.

Our next meal is on Sunday, July 27. The Knights of Columbus will be grilling hamburgers and hotdogs. See you then!

A place and time to gather

Every fourth Sunday of the month, people of all ages come together to share a meal, to enjoy some music, and to have a chat with old and new friends. We have found that one is never too young or too old to benefit from the company of others. On this Memorial Day Weekend, Ruth Parks, and Kay and Don Norton shared a patriotic musical tribute with meal guests.

Carrots, anyone?

Got a favorite carrot recipe? Please share!! River Bend Food Bank‘s move to a new facility means fresh fruit and veggies for Soup and More.

It’s a learning process….ordering “4″ of watermelon produces 4  watermelon. Ordering “3″ of carrots results in three 50-lb bags. Carrot salad anyone?

Carrots

Showers of [April] Blessings

Calvary Baptist will sponsor and prep the April 27 meal. Heather Calvert will head up the kitchen crew for this month’s meal.In the dining room, Calvary’s praise band will provide music, and as a special offering in the Pack-a-Sack area, Showers of Blessings (baskets of toiletries) will be available for the guests. This effort is being coordinated by Courtney Johnson.

First Pres Serves Up Sloppy Joes

The Macomb Lions Club sponsored 170 servings of Sloppy Joes, mac and cheese, lettuce and fruit salad, tomato lentil soup, and dessert (Hy-Vee) that were prepared and served by First Presbyterian Church’s Sunday Morning Circle.

Assisting in the kitchen and Pack-a-Sack areas were volunteers including Lions Club, Centennial Rotary members and Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society.

We also welcomed back musician Mark Wheeler and WIU Nursing professor Patricia Eathington, who provided blood pressure screenings.

Although we didn’t catch any pictures of our dining room setup crew or our faithful Pack-a-Sack volunteers this month, you can be sure they were there in great numbers. Start practicing your smiles for next month!

Delta Sigma Phi and U of I Extension

What a wonderfully full menu of food, music, and fellowship! The WIU chapter of Delta Sigma Phi sponsored the February meal that was prepared by the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service. Turkey ala king over rice, mixed fruit, and desserts were enjoyed by approximately 150 people. Thank you to Will Wetzel for setting up an informational display about the Food for Thought activities that are available to area children on Fridays after school.

Welcome back–again–to OASIS, the non-traditional student organization at W.I.U. These students and their sponsor Janine Cavicchia have become a dependable resource for Soup and More!

Kudos to Theta Xi and the Society for Human Resource Management for their help at the meal.  Theta Xi has been instrumental to our food deliveries.

Thank you to Scott and Kathie for their music. And, of course, a big thank-you to those faithful volunteers who just show up every month to help until the work is done.

Wesley Methodist dishes it up!

On the fourth Sunday of each month from 4-6 P.M., 400 E. Carroll Street is one happening place! January’s meal was sponsored, prepared, and served by members of Wesley Methodist Church and other Soup and More volunteers. Led by Marian Swisher, this experienced kitchen crew–dashingly attired in pinstriped aprons and  matching hats–dished up mac and cheese, hot dogs, vegetable beef soup, tossed salad, and desserts for a very grateful crowd.

As usual, the Pack-a-Sack room bustled with activity from 2:00-6:00 P.M. We were excited to see so many new and returning volunteers. Have we mentioned that this is a great way to meet new people from all walks of life?!

In addition to the food, WIU nursing students were on hand to visit with guests about a variety of health topics and conduct blood pressure screenings. They were here for two meals during the fall semester and will be back for the upcoming February meal.

As guests enjoyed their meal, members of Western Illinois Traditional Music Association (WITMA) played a variety of musical offerings on a variety of musical instruments. If you enjoyed their music or would like to play with the group, here’s some information: “For musicians and friends that love the monthly music jam sessions in Macomb, IL – 2nd Friday of the month, 7-11pm, First Presbyterian Church, 400 E Carroll St.” Check out their Facebook page for additional information.