The HWS Community Lunch Program is looking for volunteers who can lend a hand at the United Methodist Church on 340 Main Street in Geneva from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Thursday in February. The lunches will be held Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28.
Organized by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL), the program is seeking those who can help prepare and serve food, carry and deliver heavy boxes, or clean up during the designated hours.
“The Community Lunch Program is a great service opportunity within walking distance of campus,” says Jeremy Wattles, assistant director of CCESL. “Volunteers have a lot of fun and have a chance to meet many people of different backgrounds from the community.”
Wattles says that for community members who struggle with food security, the regularly scheduled lunches have become an important and much needed service that is really making a difference. The program is an excellent service opportunity, he says, and it needs more volunteers to exceed expectations and help the local community.
Now in its 30th year, the Community Lunch Program has been a Geneva institution since 1983.
Students, faculty and staff frequently volunteer with the program, and CCESL is responsible for planning, preparing and serving lunch on Thursdays during February and October.
In addition, the HWS community also helps collect food and money to keep the program going. Campus groups hold food drives to benefit the program throughout the year, and President Mark D. Gearan has made supporting the Community Lunch Program a holiday tradition.