The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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May 10, 2014

Feeding the community

CLINTON — While many families are celebrating Mother's Day on Sunday, Zion Lutheran Church will offer a meal to those low on funds or in need of human interaction.

With its new monthly community meal, Zion Lutheran, 439 Third. Ave. South, is one of two area churches offering a Sunday night meal to those in need.

The Zion Lutheran Church's second Sunday meal began after some congregation members met and read the book, "Exodus from Hunger." Sharon German said the group realized there might be a need in Clinton, but was unsure how to address hunger within the community.

“We felt it was a need,” German said. “We wanted them to be fed, but we also wanted to be there for those who need the fellowship.”

German and others began researching within the community if there was a need and if any other churches were addressing it. She learned about the monthly meal provided by St. Paul Lutheran Church, 715 S. Third St.

St. Paul's has held a community meal on the last Sunday of the month for almost 30 years. The meal grew out of the annual Christmas dinner.

“We thought we could do more than just once a year,” Mink said.

St. Paul Lutheran Church scheduled its community meal for the end of the month, when many on government assistance programs might be low on funds. The only months the meal is not held is in August, due to the community block party, and December.

The meal at the church is at 5:30 p.m. Those without transportation can call the church in advance for a ride.

German saw what St. Paul's was doing and decided to design a similar dinner, holding Zion's at 5:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month. Volunteers for this dinner also will provide rides to those calling in advance. The church held its first meal in April.

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