There is untapped power in our local religious communities, civic groups and other organizations working together to solve community problems.
One terrific example of this potential coming to life: an effort led by First Congregational United Church of Christ to sponsor a Free Community Meal for South Milwaukeeans dealing with food scarcity issues and in need of a hot meal.
The free meals, which started in April, are served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at First Congregational, 1111 N. Chicago Ave.
The next one is scheduled for May 18.
First Congregational is serving the first two meals, which consist of a main dish, side vegetable, dessert, coffee, milk, and water. Others volunteering to serve are:
- South Milwaukee Human Concerns
- Divine Mercy Parish
- Trinity Lutheran Church
- St. Luke’s UCC
- Masjid Al-Huda Mosque and School
- New Day Church
Human Concerns, Gordon Foods and Skyline Catering are also assisting with in-kind donations.
I want to thank First Congregational and the church’s Mission Committee for leading this effort, and to everyone who is stepping up to help this real, and growing, need in our community. Their work is inspiring.
We are stronger, together, in confronting realities like poverty and hunger that exist in South Milwaukee, and the world — one meal at a time.
Note: The meal is handicapped accessible; there are no stairs as you enter.