COMMUNITY VOICES | Sharing a meal: Great turnout for Eastside Meals on Wheels’ Mission Nutrition Dining Edition

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Eastside Meals on Wheels’ first restaurant night fundraiser, Mission Nutrition Dining Edition, had a wonderful turnout! Local restaurants Anchor Fish & Chips, The Bulldog N.E., Emily’s Lebanese Deli, Hazel’s Northeast, Moose on Monroe, Kramarczuk’s, and Red Stag Supperclub all donated a portion of the proceeds made on Thursday, September 19th to ensure that homebound folks in the area continue to receive warm nutritious meals.

Preliminary calculations estimate that the total intake of the event at over $2,444. “Since it was percentage based, we really had no idea what to expect,” said Executive Director of Eastside Meals on Wheels Eileen Hafften. “It was a bit nerve wracking! But we couldn’t be more pleased with how it’s turned out.” The nonprofit, which serves Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis and St. Anthony Village, looks forward to making Mission Nutrition Dining Edition an annual function as well as expanding further into the area they cover in Southeast.

“Everywhere I turned I saw someone I knew who volunteers with us as a delivery driver,” said Jessie Hausman, client and office operations coordinator. Folks involved with Meals on Wheels in a myriad of ways—Board Members, family members of clients, delivery drivers, or caring foodies, all made a special effort to go out that night, sometimes with a large group of friends. “Our group sends a special thank you to the restaurant owners and staff who made the crazy night possible!” she said.

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