Community Meal celebrates its 35th anniversary Tuesday, and longtime volunteer Pat Lucas, left, and co-founder Jerry Tanquist will be on hand for the event. Both Lucas and Tanquist still help out with the program, which provides free meals every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening at the St. Vincent de Paul building at 315 W. Third St. in downtown The Dalles. Pat Lucas began taking more pictures of volunteers and meal participants in recent years, like the top photo where two people pose during a Community Meal in 2017.
Susan Huntington, pictured here, conceived of the idea of Community Meal because of her work with the poor in The Dalles through the Community Action Program office.
Running strong as it marks its 35th anniversary, Community Meal has served hundreds of thousands of meals over the decades, all through volunteer efforts...
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