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After the storm that struck our area two weeks ago, people have been volunteering their time to help clean up the Sioux Empire.

“Lunch is Served” is a non-profit organization through the United Way who’s name pretty much sums up what they do.

“We provide meals for working poor. These are people who are choosing to work, but the little bit of money they are earning is not enough to cover all of the needs and for them; food becomes a luxury,” says Terry Peters of Lunch is Served.

They typically pack lunches twice a week, then distribute them through Labor Ready, The Banquet, and the Saint Francis House; but after the storm, they have also been feeding those helping out with the cleanup efforts.

Last Monday, they filled three donated refrigerators as usual; but with so many extra workers after the storm, they were out again by Wednesday.  

“Normally, those meals would have lasted. We filled all three of them Wednesday afternoon, and they were out again by Saturday,” says Peters.

Because of that, they added a third packing in the middle of the week to try and even out those meals.

That's where Annette Rentschler came into the picture...

“I’m a nurse by trade, so I just like helping people. So I’m always looking for ways to help because I’m fortunate enough to have everything that I need, and I know there are a lot of people out there who do not,” says Rentschler.

She called the 211 Helpline to find out where she could lend a hand, and they got her set up with Lunch is Served.

She's working on an assembly line of 15 other sandwich makers on her day off from work, making sure the cleanup crews have something to eat.

“Yep, it’s very easy to do. I think that anybody could do this—just buttering one side of the bun,” says Rentschler.

“You know, this is really neat. The mayor asked for people to volunteer and look what we’ve got: fifteen people who said, ‘We’ll give up my time,” says Peters.

“It’s amazing! You know, and I think people really feel good after they help and volunteer,” says Rentschler.

It’s ainging people together all over the Sioux Empire to help one another.

Lunch is Served will continue packing extra lunches for three more weeks, and they’re in need of both volunteers and monetary donations. If you’re interested in helping out in any way, you can find their website here.
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