Letter to the editor: Imagine if free lunch program in Norwalk was expanded?

By CHRIS GOUGH | Town of Ridgeville

It was great to see your write up on United Methodist Church in Norwalk and the excellent service it provides to the community. However, did you know there is also a small group on Mondays offering free lunch? Not only do they provide lunch, they have a science and arts lesson too!

The Monday lunch is served by the Ridgeville Ladies Literacy Society. Yes, you read that right. There is a group of well-read women among our little village who meet monthly to discuss at great length the latest in hot fiction. Besides questions and personal comments on the protagonist and his or her character make-up, there is also great discussion about the concerns surrounding our village.

Most of us in our group have seen the changes in our community over the years. We have witnessed the challenges not just here in our village but villages, towns and cities throughout. It is safe to say many times we have felt helpless and even powerless to do anything about it. We see clearly that hard working people are struggling to make ends meet. We know of many families who must work more than one job or shift to pay the bills. No family anywhere should have to choose between electricity or supper.

So we decided to do something about that.

We all need the basic requirements to live. All of us. A safe home to shelter us. Education and healthcare. Safe communities to live and grow. Love and peace, not to mention understanding as well as compassion for one another.  Last, we all need food and water to nourish us. 

There is a need not just here, but everywhere for free meals. If the need wasn’t there, we would not see these free lunches during the summer popping up in all the communities surrounding us. People are hungry.

To me, the first signal that summer is coming to an end is the Norwalk Lions Tractor Pull. Summer is not quite over after that; there isstill three weeks left for lunches in the park. If you count the meals served between the Methodist Church and the R.L.L.S., that equals six meals served. I challenge other churches and groups to come together and fill in the void on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. That would make 15 meals for the people in and around our community.It doesn’t take much: a few sandwiches, maybe some fruit, milk and a cookie, and, of course, a smile. 

I also challenge groups in our community to make a plan for next summer. Imagine what we could do if Monday – Friday found a free lunch program in our park? I truly believe it can lead to a stronger community and I wonder what other great things it could lead to. I like to think of it like one of my favorite childhood stories, “Stone Soup.”

Editor’s note: The R.L.L.S. serves lunch from 12–1 p.m. Mondays in the Norwalk Village Park pavilion.

Comments are closed.

  • Letter to the editor: Special-education teachers who truly love the field are difficult to find

    November 15th, 2018
    by

    Outstanding special education teachers who truly love the field can be almost impossible to find.


    Your right to know: Racine case shows folly of official secrecy

    November 15th, 2018
    by

    Secrecy in government, compounded by court-ordered secrecy, gives rise to speculation and rumor.


    Editorial cartoon

    November 9th, 2018
    by

    […]


    Editorial cartoon

    November 9th, 2018
    by

    […]


    Letter to the editor: Every vote matters

    November 1st, 2018
    by

    Every vote matters By Lee Van Landuyt | Hillsboro In this election season, it is vital that everyone distinguish fact from fiction and truth from “alternative-truths.” It is not always easy to


  • Letter to the editor: Tammy Baldwin deserves your vote

    November 1st, 2018
    by

    Next week is one of the most important elections in the history of our country and in the history of labor — and that’s why we need to support Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s reelection to the U.S. Senate.


    Letter to the editor: Elect Loren Oldenburg to 96th Assembly

    November 1st, 2018
    by

    As a business owner serving farmers and commercial businesses of the 96th district for more than 40 years, I would respectfully submit for your consideration the endorsement of this quality man.


    Letter to the editor: Vote for Loren Oldenburg on Nov. 6

    November 1st, 2018
    by

    Please join me in voting for Loren Oldenburg on Nov. 6 for state representative for the 96th Assembly district.


    Letter to the editor: Oldenburg is steadfast, sure

    November 1st, 2018
    by

    I am writing today to share my voice and opinion about the Republican candidate for the 96th District Assembly seat, Loren Oldenburg.


    Editorial cartoon

    November 1st, 2018
    by

    […]


    Your right to know — Survey: Dems back more openness, GOP mostly mum

    October 25th, 2018
    by

    By Dee J. Hall In advance of the Nov. 6 elections, the Wisconsin Freedom of Infor mation Council surveyed candidates for state Assembly and Senate to gauge support for initiatives to


  • Local Weather

  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Archives