Church: UCC (Neillsville) Hosts Meal (Giveaway - 2021)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Mathis, Petkovsek, Harnisch, Romans, Perkl, Weyer, Vine

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 2/24/2021

UCC (Neillsville) Hosts Meal (Giveaway – 13/14 February 2021)

Loaves of freshly-baked bread line tables in the basement of Neillsville’s United Church of Christ (UCC), waiting to be packaged and distributed to local families. UCC had a meal giveaway on Valentine’s Day weekend and gave out 100 loaves of bread, 100 pounds of cheese and 75 quarts of soup. Submitted photo

On a recent weekend, the kitchen at Neillsville United Church of Christ (UCC) was abuzz with activity, as the mission and outreach committee planned and coordinated a soup, cheese and bread giveaway for the community.

Three kinds of soup, homemade bread and cheese were prepared for the meal under the leadership of Kathy Mathis and Barb Petkovsek. UCC members donated quart jars of soup. Lynn Dairy donated the cheese, UCC members helped make the soup and bake the loaves of bread.

On Feb. 13, the bread, cheese and soup were packaged and made ready for delivery or curbside pick-up. That day, UCC volunteers delivered bags of food to community members unable to pick up the meal. The following day, many community members picked up the meals for their own use or to give to a friend or neighbor in need. In all, UCC gave out 100 loaves of baked bread, 100 pounds of cheese and 75 quarts of soup.

In a press release, UCC council moderator Paul Vine extended appreciation to all who prepared the food, donated needed items, delivered meals or financially supported the project, as well as to Lynn Dairy for the cheese donation.

UCC committee members that helped put the event together included Mathis, Carol Harnisch, Carole Romans, Deb Perkl and Bonnie Weyer.

“Due to the great success of this project, UCC is hosting another giveaway for Palm Sunday,” Vine wrote.

Curbside pickup will be from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, March 28.

“We are asking people to pick up a meal for themselves or pick one up and deliver a meal to a family that would appreciate it,” Vine added.

To volunteer to help with future meal giveaways, call the church office at 715-743-2147. To donate to future events, visit the UCC website at



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