Anza enjoys a community meal

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Volunteers serve up comfort foods at the Community Meal Sunday, Sept. 29. Diane Sieker photo

The Friends Uniting Neighbors Group, the Living Hope Christian Fellowship of Anza and an army of volunteers served Anza residents a hot, home-cooked meal Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Community Hall in Anza.

Meatloaf, homemade macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy and handmade cookies created by Chef Tony Onzures and his wife Stephanie were on the menu. A vegetable medley, salad, hot dogs, beans and cupcakes were also offered to complete the comfort food theme.

“I peeled 30 pounds of potatoes last night,” Tony Onzures said with a grin.

He said he refused to use dehydrated potatoes for his mashed potatoes.

Amy Procop said, “The food was amazing. You could taste all of the wonderful love that Tony and Stephanie put into preparing it for the community. The music was lovely and as always, the service spectacular. These community meals that they put on are a treasure for us who enjoy it. Thank you so much for all of your love, talent and hard work. It’s appreciated, and we hope you will chef for it again.”

Olivet University students and their families provided serving and kitchen assistance. Live music was performed by two musicians on keyboard and violin as people ate.

Living Hope Christian Fellowship meets weekly at the Community Hall for their services.

The F.U.N. Group was established as a group of like-minded people that joined together to benefit the community. Members from multiple area churches, civic organizations and other groups come together as friends and neighbors united for the goodwill of the community. Their sponsorship of the Community Meal is ongoing.

Everyone is welcome to the free events hosted at the Anza Community Hall; up to 250 people have been fed at these dinners. Volunteers are led by Terry Crutchfield of Anza.

The Community Meal organizers accept donations of food or funds. Christy James provides the dessert, various food banks donate to the cause and many local residents bring dishes to share.

The common thread of all the Community Meals is love and acceptance, Crutchfield said, and people converse, connect and do so over a hearty dinner.

“It’s not church-centered – it’s love-focused,” Crutchfield said. She added that Jesus fed the people, and the event follows this example.

To learn more about the F.U.N. Group, visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/128592854205460.

To contact Living Hope Christian Fellowship of Anza, visit www.facebook.com/Living-Hope-Anza-268791509833485/ or http://livinghopeanza.com/home.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.