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The HWS Update

Community Lunch Thursdays

Every Thursday throughout October, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., HWS students, staff and faculty will take over the Community Lunch Program at First United Methodist Church on Main Street to support those in need in the Geneva community. 

Since 1983, the Community Lunch Program has offered a hot meal each weekday to those in need, serving approximately 70 individuals each day and more than 20,000 meals per year. The Colleges’ Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning has for a long time collaborated with the program and members of the HWS community take responsibility for staffing, preparing, serving and cleaning up lunches each Thursday in October and February.

“The longstanding partnership between the Colleges and the Community Lunch Program has been beneficial for both parties,” explains Celeste Smith ’12, this year’s group organizer. “This collaboration provides HWS students the opportunity not only to help with the huge undertaking of providing five hot meals a week, but also to be a part of the larger community we live in, while gaining insight about various social issues and food systems.”

Volunteers are always needed, so call the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning at ext. 3825 or e-mail serve@hws.edu to get involved by signing up for a one or two hour shift.