Share the Feast has most successful year yet

For the past several years now, the Waterloo Lions Club has spread holiday cheer by hosting a “Share the Feast” bevent every Thanksgiving.

This event helps provide meals to those in the community needing a holiday meal and good company for the day of thanks.

This year, according to event organizers Ruth Ann and Ron Mueller, was the best yet.

Ruth Ann said about 125 people ate in the cafeteria at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, and there were 71 carry-outs, putting the total served at just under 300 people.

From left, volunteers Dale Haudrich, George Obernagel, Joe Brauer, Paul DeBourge, Paul Nottmeier, Don Armbrecht and Don Schrader carve turkeys during Share the Feast. (Kat Mabrey photo)

“We just love seeing the numbers increase,” Ruth Ann said. “There’s a lot of people out there who need help, and it’s just nice to be able to help them.”

Though she wasn’t sure exactly how long Share the Feast has been going on in the community, she said it’s been at least 25 years.

They had around 20 volunteers helping out this year, making sure the day ran smoothly.

Many of the volunteers have helped on Thanksgiving for many years.

The Muellers thanked Schnucks for the monetary help and SPPCS for the donation of pies and use of its cafeteria.

“This is a wonderful service that is greatly appreciated by so many in our neighboring community,” she said.

The meals consist of traditional Thanksgiving foods like turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, corn, pumpkin pie and more.

“The best part of this is getting the phone calls from the elderly who just appreciate this meal so much,” she said. “When we deliver them, they’re just so grateful.”

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