“Everybody has cabin fever by this time of year,” she said. “People start lining up usually around 11. It’s a great community time, to come out, see one another and do some good work at the same time. There’s a lot of smiles. People have a good time picking out the bowls and eating together. Even the (volunteer) servers and kitchen staff have fun.”
Hoffman said that, as enjoyable as the event is, it also sends an important message.
“What I really want my former students to know,” Hoffman said, “is that many people who need the food bank are full-time employed, or under-employed, doing everything they can to put food on the table. These are our people, these are kids walking around the halls of area schools.”
*Editor's note: This story was changed at 1:45 p.m. Feb. 25 to correct the time of the event.