By Don Benjamin
Hoping to continue a holiday tradition, the Cedaredge Rotary Club has submitted a COVID-19 plan to Delta County officials.
For a decade, Rotarians have hosted a free Community Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day, using a location and facilities offered by the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society. Typically, over 300 meals are served to the community including as many as 30 meals delivered directly to community homes occupied by shut-ins.
This year, the club plans to continue this tradition but without serving a crowd at an indoor, sit-down event. Instead, meals will be delivered curbside or to homes in the community. The menu will include sliced ham and turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, fruit salad and dessert.
Local churches will help with food preparation and strict protocols will be followed for preparing and distributing meals. Meals will be pre-packaged in biodegradable take-home containers.
Reservations are required and donations will be accepted at the time of pick-up to cover the cost of food and support Cedaredge High School scholarships. To reserve a meal, or to volunteer to help with the event, contact Rotary President Don Ranta at 970-856-4514.
On Christmas Day, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., those with reservations can pick-up meals at the Stolte Shed in Pioneer Town, adjacent to Highway 65 in Cedaredge. Meals for home-bound recipients will be delivered that same day.