Farwell kitchen serves free Thanksgiving dinner to 130 people

The Stone Soup Project, a non-profit kitchen that feeds the needy in Clare County served a Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings to more than 130 people out of their Farwell kitchen on Thursday. Kelly Jarstfer, kitchen manager, led the effort.

According to the Sharon Williams, who along with Margie Clark founded the Stone Soup Project, the kitchen was going to be closed on Thanksgiving. “Margie and I wanted to allow our hardworking volunteers to have the day off to spend with family, but Kelly asked if it would be okay if we could open that day to serve a turkey and ham dinner. She was worried about people in the community who might not have anything to eat or nobody to share the holiday with. Others in our group shared her concern, so we made arrangements to open our doors and promote the event and had a wonderful turnout as a result.

Williams added that between the group’s regular volunteers, along with individuals from the community and people Kelly brought from her Brown Corner’s Church, there was plenty of help. “We even had a vocal trio entertain our guests while they ate–and Kelly sang in that too!”

The Stone Soup Project seeks to give the needy and lonely a place to go for a meal and fellowship. Their goal it to create an environment that resembles a café rather than a cafeteria. The Project serves lunch at the Senior Center in Farwell at 101 W. Michigan on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at St. Anthinasius Church at 310 E. Broad St. in Harrison on Wednesdays and Fridays. Meals are served from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. at both facilities. Donations are welcome and help is always needed. For more information, contact the Project at the stonesoupproject@hotmail.com