“Everyone loves to eat!”
Alice Oakey said that is why the Meadowood Community Supper is still going strong on Madison’s southwest side after being conceived more than 6 years ago.
Oakey is the supervising librarian at the Meadowood Library, and helps organize the quarterly events. More than 100 people gathered at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Tuesday night to participate in the latest event.
The idea was conceived by community nurses for the neighborhood back in 2009. “They were looking for a way to get people from different backgrounds to get together,” said Sherry Swartz, who helps coordinate the events now. “We needed to find something that would give people a reason to meet.”
“Food serves a common denominator,” said Oakey.
The neighborhood meals continue to thrive, even though the neighborhood continues to face dual challenges of crime and poverty.