Otisfield Community Lunch returns Aug. 3

OTISFIELD — After a nearly two and a half year hiatus, the Otisfield Community Lunch is back, with a free lunch offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Otisfield Community Hall, 292 Route 121.
The lunches were started in August 2011 by the Social Outreach Committee, a community partnership initiated by the East Otisfield Free Baptist Church, after a community needs assessment determined that the town needed a place for people to gather and socialize. It is easy to feel isolated in a rural town of 42 square miles, and no central meeting place such as a post office or centrally located general store.
The first Community Lunch was well attended, with nearly 80 people, impressive with Otisfield’s population at 1,750 at the time. The town has supported the event and many of the employees attend and help out.
Since the beginning, Frank Blauvelt has been the chief cook and Ginny Noble the friendly voice on the phone soliciting delicious dishes for the meal from local residents. Many people have volunteered to set up tables, serve, wash dishes, wash table cloths and clean up.
The Aug. 3 menu will include chicken salad, summer vegetable salads, lemonade and cookies for dessert.
Call George at 207-739-1065 if you can help set up or with cleanup. While the lunch is free, donations are accepted.