The Highlands East Community Cooks hosted their first Hot Lunch for All community meal at the Lloyd Watson Community Centre in Wilberforce on June 16. The meal included a choice of three entrees with sides and cake topped with Kawartha Dairy ice ceram. (l-r) Peggy Bishop Gill Stephen Joan Barton Flo Elliot Sandy Cassman | Submitted photo

Community Cooks bring community together

By Sue Tiffin

Published June 20 2017

A pilot project of the Highlands East Community Cooks left community members in Wilberforce feeling full.

About 50 people came to the Hot Lunch for All community meal hosted by the volunteer cooking group members at the Lloyd Watson Centre in Wilberforce on June 16.

Guests chose between three entrees – shepherd’s pie baked ham or vegan chili – that were served along sides and a dessert of cake with ice cream donated by Kawartha Dairy.

“Everybody sat and chatted people stayed for awhile even after eating lunch” said Joan Barton local councillor and member of the cooking group.

More than $370 in cash as well as a table full of food donations was raised for the Central Food Network as part of the initiative. Another event is being planned for later this year.