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A.F. Daily Bread served over 1,200 meals in 2014

The Power County Press of American Falls, Idaho

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The community meal program A.F. Daily Bread, held at St. John's Lutheran Church, served over 1,200 meals in 2014. The group's annual report states 1,072 meals were served to guests with an additional 197 meals served to volunteers during the year bringing the total number of free meals to 1,269.

Each month a different group volunteers to cook and serve the free meal that is open to the entire community. A.F. Daily Bread does not offer a meal in December due to the proximity to Christmas. The 11 volunteer groups included: The Catholic Community, Alpha Iota Sorority of Beta Sigma Phi, Power County EMTs, American Falls Intermediate School Faculty, American Falls Academy students and staff, Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran Church, Cooks and Friends of the A.F. Senior Center, Powerhouse Christian Fellowship, Bank of Commerce, The American Falls Post Office and Bingham Coop Fertilizer Division and Jim and Cindy Grauberger.

Along with the monthly volunteers there are numerous members of the community that offer their time to the program including: Gwen and Jerry Kress, Rayma Cates, Marita Poulson, Clavin Dyer, Vicky and Jim Morse, Aneatra Walker, Chuck and Sharon Strom, Don and Janis Carlson, Pat Lute, Becky and Mike Salisbury, Kim Ferguson, Ida Deeg, Melanie and Jonathan Kress, Cindy Grauberger and Pat Chase.

The program offered a special thank you to the men of St. John's for setting up and taking down tables and chairs for each meal along with Cecil Doornick and Arnie Burgemeister.

The report also highlighted several people for their efforts in organizing and managing the monthly meal, including: kitchen manager Jim Graberger, treasurer Toni Bauer, church liaison Edith Kopp and Pastor Jon Beake.

One of the organizers of the program, Maria Egbert, said the group said there are many people to thank for many things, but the group was particularly appreciative of one group.

"Thank you to all who have attended. We are honored to have you as our guests," said Egbert.

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Original Publication Date: February 11, 2015

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