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Free food

April 21, 2020

Andrea Dirksen Luszcak reaches for a sandwich prepared by the Minocqua Sandwich Shop to fill an order Thursday, April 16 at St. Matthias Church in Minocqua. She was one of three volunteers who handed out the sandwiches, part of an effort known as #customerx to make the free food from local restaurants available to people during April and May.  “The fundraiser #customerx started as an effort to raise money to deliver healthy food from local restaurants to those working on the front lines of this crisis and risking enhanced exposure to the virus,” the #customerx Facebook page reads. “Since the outset of this fundraiser, many in the community have expressed interest in helping the growing needs of the food insecure, or those who are recently jobless and are finding it hard to afford the basic necessity of food.” In the Minocqua area, many local churches partner in a program called the “community table,” providing a family meal to the food insecure once a month on a rotational basis among local churches. “Members of that organization have now teamed up with #customerx to deliver individual free meals to the food insecure,” reads the #customerx Facebook page. Those participating in the free food distribution each Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at St. Matthias Church are asked to arrive by car so volunteers can hand them the individually wrapped meals and practice social distancing. For more information about #customerx and donating to the fundraiser, go to the #customerx Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/donate/1645148108958597/. Photo by Brian Jopek/Lakeland Times. 

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