Carlton Doane to receive GardenShare Growing Community Award in Potsdam Nov. 8
Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 2:35 pm

POTSDAM -- Carlton Doane, founder and driving force behind the nearly weekly free will meals at Canton's United Methodist Church, will be presented GardenShare's 2012 Growing Community Award at the Harvest Social on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Desserts will be served.

The social is at SUNY Potsdam’s Thatcher Hall from 7 to 8 p.m.

In addition to celebrating Doane and his work founding and running the dinner program, GardenShare will be celebrating all of the free will meals that have spread throughout the county.

These meals are prepared by committed community volunteers with food donated by many local businesses, community gardens, individuals, institutions and more. Anyone can attend. They serve community members who need a meal, who could use some company, and who want to be a part of something.

"These are projects that bring together people from all walks of life to share a meal around the same table," says Aviva Gold, GardenShare executive director.

Doane started this work with his "retirement" in 1999. He knew he wanted to feed hungry people, so with the cooperation and encouragement from the church, he went at it. Three Wednesdays a month for the past 13 years, there has been a community supper at Canton's United Methodist Church. And the more than 50,000 meals he has helped create have spawned a movement.

Campus Kitchens, a national campaign, is also represented in our community. St. Lawrence University students serve supper every Monday evening at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton, joining hundreds of other students across the country who understand the power of a shared meal.

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