On Wednesday, a check for $8,500 raised by this year’s Farm to Fork dinner was presented to the Rose Avenue Community Center in Washington C.H.
The Farm to Fork Dinner is an annual event that brings members of the community together at a different local farm each year. There, they enjoy a meal made from locally grown and raised farm products. The money raised by this dinner is donated to a local nonprofit each year.
Lisa Peterson, the president of the Fayette County Farm Bureau which puts on the Farm to Fork dinner, said Rose Avenue was chosen as this year’s nonprofit recipient “because of the tremendous work they do here in the community, the number of people that they touch on a daily basis, and the difference that they make.”
Rose Avenue is a part of the extension ministry of Heritage Memorial Church. Rose Avenue offers a wide range of services to the community, including: an afterschool program for children every weekday from 3 to 5 p.m., a food pantry, free clothing and hygiene products, and more. Additional information about everything Rose Avenue has to offer can be found at heritagewch.com/rose-ave.
Peterson said the goals of the Farm to Fork dinner are “connecting consumers to the farmer and then bringing in the component of helping other people.”
In addition to the $8,500 raised by the dinner, $1,850 was raised by the auction that was held during the dinner. This money had already been given to Rose Avenue, and the center’s director, Greg Fessler, said it was mostly used to update the kitchen. Rose Avenue serves hot meals to members of the community six days a week.
Fessler said he isn’t sure how the $8,500 will be spent, but said the center is considering putting it toward a wheelchair lift that would increase the center’s accessibility. He said he’ll be praying for guidance on how best to spend the money. Peterson said, “I’m excited to see what Rose Avenue is going to be able to do with this money.”
Fessler said the donation is “such a tremendous blessing,” adding, “We’re so used to doing so much with so little… this will be a huge blessing, a huge blessing to us.”
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