Community suppers satisfy the needs of both belly and heart

Feather Publishing

  There are few things that more aptly represent the caring fabric of our community than the regular community suppers that take place in the county.

  Especially in the last several years, when times have been tough for many of us, the suppers have offered relief from hunger — not just hunger of the belly, but hunger of the heart. For many, the gathering represents an important social event, offering fellowship and camaraderie.

  The Quincy Community Supper is celebrating its 10th year of serving weekly Wednesday evening meals at the Community United Methodist Church fellowship hall at High and Church streets. An average gathering at the supper includes college students, families, community leaders and friends meeting to socialize. There is often music performed by local musician Kenny Davis.

  It is truly an event.

  And the supper doesn’t cost a dime. Donations from guests, volunteers and others who are able to contribute are always welcome. But the supper is freely offered.

  In keeping with the community supper’s original 2002 vision, the meal is not intended as a soup kitchen to feed the poor. It is designed as a focal point for a non-denominational gathering of neighbors and visitors.

  People from all walks of life contribute to the supper. Every Wednesday in Quincy, volunteers from one of more than 42 organizations prepare and host the 6 p.m. supper, which is open to the entire community.

  A typical meal consists of an entrée, a salad, a side, dessert and simple beverages. Volunteers plan the meals, shop for and purchase the food, set up tables and chairs and meet in the church kitchen beforehand to prepare the dishes.

  As guests fill the fellowship hall, volunteer servers line up behind tables laden with food and heap high the plates of diners filing past. Afterward, the volunteers box up leftover food as take-out meals for those requesting them, and clean up.

  Many of the volunteers enjoy the experience so much that they come back to offer their time again and again.

  Anyone interested in contributing to the weekly supper can call the Community United Methodist Church at 283-1740, or the Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center at 283-5515.

  Nearly 60,000 meals have been served in Quincy since the supper’s inception. And we are thrilled to see that the community supper is more popular than ever.

  Quincy isn’t the only town to offer these gatherings. In Chester, community suppers are held every second and third Thursday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 225 Gay St. In Greenville, diners can attend community suppers at the Greenville Community United Methodist Church on Pine Street the last Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m.

  We applaud those who have given, and continue to give, their time to these longstanding projects. By supporting cohesive and sustainable communities, the suppers represent more than just free meals: they are yet another reason Plumas County is a special place to live.

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