Canton Sunday Picnic offers giveaway dishes to needy year-round

February 13, 2017 - Picnic Time

CANTON The name Canton Sunday Picnic seems good for a smorgasboard line in a groundwork of downtown Canton’s Crossroads United Methodist Church.

People in line for lunch had their choice of spaghetti, pepperoni pizza, veggies and rice, hamburger mac and cheese, tossed salad, cole slaw, honeyed potato soup, iced cookies, apple frail and even more.

A identical widespread is offering for giveaway during 1 p.m. any Sunday to people who are inspired and in need of a good meal, no questions asked.

“I’m on SSI, and by a time we compensate rent, gas, electric and a few other bills there’s not many left. Things like groceries, toilet paper, we flip a coin,” pronounced David, who was digging into a robust meal. “By a beauty of God, there’s programs like this. we come here and get fed good.”

Canton Sunday Picnic is a grassroots module that was founded in 2008 and has been portion lunch any Sunday since. Originally handling out of downtown Canton’s Market Square Park — a plea in wintry winter conditions, breeze and sleet — a cruise finally found an indoor home in Dec when Crossroads church offering use of a basement.

The food served is done wholly by volunteers who uncover adult temperament foil pans and other containers with vast quantities prepared during home. They are also a servers, politely nod a people in line.

“The network is flattering wide. We’ve had hundreds of volunteers. It’s unequivocally word-of-mouth,” pronounced Skylark Bruce, coordinator of Canton Sunday Picnic. “I tell people to move something they like to eat. That approach we’ll always have a good variety.”

Having many options on a giveaway smorgasboard is important, Bruce pronounced — “You can select accurately what we wish to eat. When a person’s choice is taken away, that’s dehumanizing.”

For a Feb. 5 picnic, Bruce, who is a vegan, prepared an array of meat-free dishes — spaghetti with homemade tomato salsa and pureed vegetables, rice with vegetables, bread stuffing with vegetables, ratatouille and greens. “I trust people should have a choice of healthy fruit and vegetables. Often that is blank from these people’s diets,” she said. “So many folks tell me they didn’t know they favourite eggplant or zucchini or yellow squash, though when it’s prepared in a approach that’s appealing, they adore it.”

Much of a furnish used for Canton Sunday Picnic is donated from farmer’s markets, food pantries and farmers, she said.

“I’m famous as a plight lady since we move honeyed and dill pickles that people like,” pronounced Mary Mueller, a proffer who brings food weekly. “I found out about (Canton Sunday Picnic) from an essay in a paper. we could lay home and think, ‘Thank God it’s not me,’ though these people need help.” Mueller buys her Sunday cruise reserve during GFS, and pronounced she combined cheese, butter and onions to her crushed potatoes “to make it unequivocally tasty.”

Steve Stearns, a proffer who helps Bruce ready vegan food for a picnic, said, “It’s been an awakening for me how many people need this in sequence to survive. From a eremite aspect, it’s doing what Jesus asked us to do.”

On Feb. 5, about 120 people incited out for a dish during Canton Sunday Picnic, one of a smaller crowds. “The volume of people who come depends on that Sunday of a month and what a continue is like,” Bruce said. “The initial Sunday is always a smallest since people get their pensions, Social Security, gratification and food stamps. By a finish of a month, it’s all using out.” In a summer, as many as 450 people have been fed on a singular Sunday. Some sup onsite — a church has seating for 75 — and others take their food, served in a styrofoam box, to go.

Regular attendees during Canton Sunday Picnic embody dual homeless group named Shad and Don. “They do a lot of good for everybody. We know a lot of a servers,” pronounced Shad.

“We go to many of a soup kitchens. It’s tough to find travel to some,” pronounced Don. “We haven’t had cars in years,” pronounced Shad.

Medical bills from 3 sanatorium stays in 2016 are a reason Ann dines during a weekly picnic. “If we come here, we can get a lot to eat and have something to take home, and we get to be out with people,” she said. “It helps out a lot.”

The Canton Sunday Picnic serves during 1 p.m. any Sunday during Crossroads United Methodist Church during 120 Cleveland Ave. SW in downtown Canton. Anyone wishing to proffer and make food or present food can strech Skylark Bruce by phone during 330-354-7436 and email during

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