Eagles prepare over 1,000 meals for those in need

BENNINGTON — Local volunteers flocked to the Eagles Aerie #1861 in Bennington on Wednesday morning to help prepare over 1,000 meals for local residents.

The meals went to people and families throughout Bennington, Pownal, and Shaftsbury who were in need, whether because they were unable to leave their homes or were unable to prepare a meal for other reasons.

Kevin Lynch, former owner of Kevin's Sports Pub in North Bennington, was among the volunteers starting at 6 a.m. to help prepare the food, which included all the staples of a turkey dinner, including squash, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and even pumpkin pie for dessert. Rep. Mary Morrissey of Bennington was on hand as well to help put the meals into plastic foam containers for shipping. Some were at the club as early as 4 a.m. making preparations.

In total, dozens of volunteers from all parts of the community, from high school students to church groups, were helping in some part of the process. When the Eagles' pre-Thanksgiving tradition began over 30 years ago, it was only a handful of volunteers, and all of the food was paid for by the Eagles. Today, with requests booming to over 1,000 meals every year, they rely on the generous donations of the community, from area businesses, to other community service organizations such as the Elks, Moose, American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars, to individuals.

Derek Carson can be reached at dcarson@benningtonbanner.com, at @DerekCarsonBB on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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