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Free meal for Marcellians planned for April 21

Now, comes the hard part: cooking.

Come one, come 100

"I have no idea what to expect," Cox laughed. This being the first meal of its kind in the community, there is no way of knowing how many people will show up. "That's my big challenge," she added.

But with the advice of the other communities Cox has contacted, she's confident the meal will not be wasted, even if only a handful of people show up.

We can send people home with leftovers for a second meal, feed our workers and even donate what is left to the Rescue Mission downtown, Cox said.

"None of it is ever wasted."

Free for all

One of the important aspects of the meal, Cox said, is that it is truly a free meal. No collection plate will be passed, no donation jar will be set out.

In her letter to the grocery stores, Cox referred to the meal as "a good meal with friends and neighbors to engender neighborhood friendship without judgement."

Though there is clearly a need for help in the Marcellus community -- the Durgee Ecumenical Food Pantry helps around 80 families each month, and the unemployment rate across the country is on the rise -- Cox pointed out this type of meal can satisfy many needs, not just a bare cupboard.

"I think a lot of people could be served with a meal you don't have to worry about paying for," Cox said, and that's the purpose of the meal -- to provide community, companionship and fellowship, for free.

So far, 20 people have signed up to help with the meal, Cox said. For more information about the meal, how to donate or volunteer, call the church at 673-2500.

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