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September community meal will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

MORRIS – The next Morris Community Meal will be held on Monday, Sept. 1, at 5:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris. The meal will feature traditional Mexican foods in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month: pazole with a variety of toppings, tostadas, bolillos, salad, and tres leches. The event is free and open the community.

Since its inception in January 2009, Community Meal has established a reputation for providing delicious menus and warm, welcoming atmospheres. Providing free meals to hundreds of Stevens County residents while opening community space to build bridges and strengthen existing connections, the project is a valued event in the community. Food options for people with special diets—gluten-free, diabetic, vegan, and vegetarian—are always available, as are child-friendly options.

Support for Community Meal is provided by a broad coalition of local businesses and organizations, one of which serves as the primary sponsor for each meal. By serving the meal, sponsors hope to initiate new connections among community members and provide a warm meal to those who may not always be able to afford one. Primary sponsors of this meal are LAZOS and Jane Addams. Ongoing sponsors include Pomme de Terre Food Co-op, Willie’s Supervalu, Faith Lutheran Church, and the University of Minnesota, Morris Office of Community Engagement.

Volunteers looking to help cook or serve the meal are welcome to come to Faith Lutheran Church from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31, or from 2 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1. To get involved as a sponsor or volunteer, contact the Office of Community Engagement at 320-589-6457 or

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