Madison church offers free Easter meal for decades

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MADISON (WKOW) — People around the world are celebrating Easter with a big meal, but many don’t have the resources, so a local church is continuing its efforts to make sure everyone can enjoy the holiday.

First United Methodist Church in Madison has been inviting the community out for an Easter meal for more than 35 years.

The church was prepared to serve more than 400 meals, thanks to help from volunteers.

“We wanted to share special gratitude for the volunteers that make this possible,” said Karen Andro, director of Hope’s Home Ministries at the church. “We have volunteers ranging from long-time church congregants, to neighbors. We have folks from the United Way, AmeriCorps, UW-Madison, just an amazing group of individuals who come together to serve the community.”

This year, The Beacon day resource center provided transportation for people experiencing homelessness.

Plus, church leaders say the beautiful weather made it easier for people to show up for the meal and Sunday services.

Jennifer Kliese

Jennifer Kliese

Weekend Anchor and Reporter, 27 News

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