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Lunch Time! Community Kitchen is back in business at the Legion

The next lunch for Bowen Seniors is scheduled for October 11
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Cheryl & Milly Evans (centre) are among a dedicated group of volunteers who have helped revive the Community Lunch program at the Legion.

There’s a new dining option on Tuesday afternoons, as the Community Lunch program has picked back up thanks to some eager volunteers.

Mother and daughter team Cheryl and Milly Evans are making soup every other Tuesday at the Legion. The lunch is an event Cheryl was always fond of, but could never attend because of her job at the Post Office. Once she retired and was looking to help out, she learned it was in need of a revival.

“After COVID I emailed Colleen (O’Neil) to see if I could volunteer at it. And she said, well there’s nobody doing it,” says Cheryl. So, with Milly’s help, the pair made soup for their first lunch on Sept. 27: a choice between spicy sausage and white bean soup, and minestrone.

“I thought it was a great idea and a really nice thing to do… but I could never do it since I was always working,” says Cheryl.

“It’s mostly to help get seniors out of the house and have a little event for them,” adds Milly, noting who the lunches are aimed toward. The pair notes all adults are welcome though.

The duo is already preparing for their next lunch, which is scheduled for Oct. 11 and may have a Thanksgiving theme. Milly says she’ll be searching Pinterest for fun and fresh ideas for the soups.

The first lunch drew about 15 attendees, and the Evans are expecting that number to rise as we get into the rainy season and people start craving a warm bowl of soup.

Lunches are $10 and include soup, bread, dessert and tea or coffee. They’re held at the Legion the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, from 11:30 am to 1 pm. The Caring Circle and Little Red Church are also involved in the lunches.