Members of the community turned out at the Riverbank Community Center on Saturday evening, Sept. 16, lining up for spaghetti and all the fixin’s in a fundraiser for Riverbank Christian Food Sharing.
Patrons could either eat in the center or take their meal home, whichever was most convenient. The crowd ebbed and flowed throughout the evening, as people came and went.
In addition to the dinners, people had a few other ways to help support the group. There was a table where crocheted and knitted items were available for sale, from baby caps to spreads and comforters. And Christmas wrapping paper was also available for sale.
For those who wished to, raffle items were available at one end of the room, where bidders placed tickets in accompanying bags, and tickets were drawn out at the end of the evening to determine the winners. Items for the ‘bag-o-rama’ drawings were donated by businesses and individuals in the community.
Food was served assembly line fashion, with healthy portions of pasta, then meat and mushroom sauce, with garlic bread added. The guests followed to the salad line, choosing ingredients as they went. Beverages and dessert items were also available.
The heavy lifting, cooking and serving spaghetti and assembling salads, was handled by members of the Riverbank Rotary Club, with high school students from Enochs High School’s Forensic Biotech class assisting as well.
For about 35 years, the Riverbank Christian Food Sharing group has been partnering with local businesses and volunteers to gather and distribute food to the needy within the community. They are especially busy during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons and also provide food on a weekly basis.