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The Local Food Council gets ready to feed a crowd! Along with the featured soup, patrons also receive bread and a side salad or vegetable dish. All of these recipes are given out during the lunch so people can make their favorites again and again.

Caswell County Local Food Council Community Soup Lunch

Yanceyville, NC – Caswell County

Every second Wednesday of the month, Caswell County’s Local Food Council (CCLFC) hosts a free community lunch featuring a simple, homemade soup. 5-ingredient simple soup, to be exact.

 

Community members are invited to eat and commune with each other at no cost and receive a recipe card for the featured soup to take home. One of the local food council members, Leslie Zimmerman, explained a key reason the program works so well: The type of soup is not advertised leading up to the lunch. This keeps picky eaters or less adventurous foodies from turning down the lunch, and each soup reveal is a surprise to everyone.

 

Each recipe includes fresh, local, seasonal produce from Caswell County and most recipes are either vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free to accommodate all diets. The food council keeps the ingredient list to 5 ingredients to limit cost and demonstrate how easy it is to cook a meal. They also serve bread and a side salad at each lunch.

 

The lunch is served cafeteria style, and the dining area is set up with long tables to encourage community members to eat together. Aside from getting a healthy, free meal, guests also get a chance to eat with their neighbors and meet new people in their community. The lunch is hosted in a Cooperative Extension kitchen located right off the Yanceyville town square, making it an easy location for community members visit.

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Caswell County Local Food Council serves their community lunch on a wide scale to dozens of people at a time, but you can adjust your size to fit your audience. CCLFC partners with local farmers and bakeries to purchase and receive ingredients from. They choose to serve vegetable based soups for cost and quick preparation reasons, but feel free to add your favorite protein to your own lunch. Whether it be soup, a salad bar, or a full entrée including side dishes, your community lunch can be as simple or as creative as you want it to be. Keep in mind that soups are versatile for all seasons, are easy to serve, and most people are familiar with them. You can also switch up with stews, chili's, curries, or chowders to match with what is currently in season. Remember Leslie’s trick; keep the type of soup a secret to get people to come each month!

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