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Loaves and Fishes serve meals, hospitality
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By Diana Vance Monroe MONROE - "People are being nourished in one way or another," said Marilee Backstrand, referring to the fourth Sunday of every month when there is a free community meal called the Loaves and Fishes held in Grace Lutheran Church from 4 to 6 p.m. "We wanted the people who did not have the means for a full meal, drinks like iced tea, coffee, white and chocolate milk and dessert to have one," said Backstrand, wife of Father Brian Backstrand, priest at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Monroe. "And to use the meal as a place to build community through hospitality." The idea to have such a meal began with the small but active congregation and Father Brian at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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