Meal For The Needy to honor volunteers Friday

Volunteers from local churches, schools, civic groups and businesses who help make Meals For The Needy, Bristol’s oldest soup kitchen, run like clockwork to feed the hungry in town, will be thanked with a celebratory luncheon on Friday, April 15 at noon at Nuchies Restaurant.

“Without their donation of time and talent, this program would not succeed.  This luncheon is a small token of our appreciation.  It’s nice to be thanked for your good works,” said it director, Cheryl Yetke, in a press release

MFN served its first meal on June 28, 1982. It is open four nights each week and also has a special holiday meal program and a food pantry. Currently, 25 groups volunteer to cook and serve the meals.

MFN also provides a clothing bank, a backpack program (with the assistance of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church), distributes coats, hats and gloves during the winter months and is a restitution site for the Bristol court system.

“The volunteers are the heartbeat of the program and the hungry in our community are well served by them”, Yetke said, according to the press release.