Church, service groups cancel Easter meals

GREEN BAY — COVID-19 has canceled the free annual Easter meals that normally would be held around the area on April 12. Last year, The Compass list included seven churches and groups.

Ed Rathsack, of We Care Meals in Appleton, expressed the sentiments of each of these groups today: “I’d feel terrible if anybody caught anything.”

For nearly 30 years, We Care Meals has provided Easter and Christmas dinners, both on-site and through pick-up or deliveries. Last year, Rathsack said, they provided 1,200 home-delivered meals. “There’d be double that if we didn’t cancel now,” Rathsack told The Compass, adding that he would need at least 30 people to handle that, well beyond the state’s safety limits of 10 people in one place. Also, Rathsack noted, most people who get delivered meals “are in the high-risk group.”

Since We Care Meals buys their meats ahead of the holidays, those had already been purchased for Easter. Rathsack said he has been in contact with St. Joseph Food Pantry.

Fr. Carr’s Place2B in Oshkosh would have held their 46th annual Easter dinner, but that is also cancelled. However, their food pantry is still functioning in a drive-up capacity.

One volunteer noted that the local stores are not able to donate as much stock as they have, so donations are always welcome. Call (920) 231-2378 for more information.