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Next Generation 4-H Club hosted free meal
Club members peeled 45 pounds of potatoes for the Loaves and Fishes meal in Monroe Sunday. Pictured, from left, are Harley Mandel, Jordan Lerch, Maggie Paul, Brooke Rowe and Megan Kubly. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - The Next Generation 4-H Club of Juda hosted the monthly Loaves and Fishes meal at Grace Lutheran Church in Monroe Sunday.

Loaves and Fishes is a program that provides a free sit-down or carryout meal the last Sunday of every month to anyone, no questions asked. Each meal is prepared and served by volunteers from area churches and other organizations.

The Next Generation 4-H Club served over 188 meals on Sunday. Music during the meal was provided by the Union Presbyterian African Drum Ensemble.

The mission of Loaves and Fishes is to provide meals and to promote good nutrition with sensitivity to cultural diversity, in partnership with other organizations. This meal program is possible because of the numerous hours put in by the volunteers who come each month to help the organization hosting the meal.

The Next Generation 4-H Club was established in 2013 and tries to complete six major community service events each year. In the past year, the club has grown to over 60 members and 33 families. Other community projects scheduled for this year for the club include tying blankets for two children's hospitals in the area, knitting red baby stocking caps for the Red Cross Baby Heart Campaign, caroling in December in downtown Monroe, working with the Woman's Club to help with their holiday programs and finishing off the year with an appreciation luncheon for members of the Zion United Methodist Church, where the 4-H club's monthly meetings are held.