Cherry Street Mission preps for Easter serviceWritten by Lauren Farnsworth | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Cherry Street Mission Ministries has served the needy since 1947 and Easter will be no different.
“Anyone can come to us for a meal, anytime,” said Dan Rogers, president and CEO of the mission.
The Mission serves an average of 722 meals a day, and is expecting more than 1,000 people on Easter Sunday according to Rogers. This number is based on the number of meals served in January and February. In two months, the average has increased 6 percent from 2009.
Given the state of the economy, the increase is no surprise. 2008 brought a 51 percent increase from 2006.
“We’re now in our sixth quarter of a downturned economy… and food service has grown exponentially,” Rogers said. “Forty percent of our meals are going to families that we’re not serving in any other way. We literally have men and women and families in their own apartments and in their own homes, coming to Cherry Street for meals.”
Because the mission does not receive government funding, the organization relies on community support.
“I honestly have not seen a decline in volunteer participation however we have seen somewhat of a decline in monetary donations, which has put us in a really tough spot because we’re serving more people,” said Roz Goodwin, director of community service.
The mission is still in need of volunteers as well as donations of cheddar cheese, carrots, desserts, dinner rolls, ham, macaroni shells and milk for Easter. The shelter is also in need of beef or pork roasts, hot dogs, hot dog buns and turkey. Gift cards to area grocery stores are appreciated.
On Easter, the Good Samaritan Outreach Center located at 1108 Broadway St., will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., serving breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The Madison Food Service & Community Center located at 1919 Madison Ave., will be open from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m., serving three meals. Breakfast will be served from 7:30-8:30 a.m., a large traditional Easter lunch will be served from 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a light dinner from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pastor Chris Rowell will host an Easter service at 2:30 p.m.
Three meals will also be served at the Sparrow’s Nest and The Oaks, but the meals served at the women’s shelters are only for the guests and their loved ones. For information on volunteering, contact Roz Goodwin at (419) 242-5141, ext. 241.