Our Old Lyme Meal Site
Meal Site: Saturdays from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
First Congregational Church
2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme
Marie Farrell runs this meal site with a team of dedicated volunteers.
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Here is a snapshot of just one of several of the Old Lyme meal site teams:
Date of Visit: November 5th, 2014
Meal Time: Saturday breakfast from 9:00 to 10:00 AM
Today's Team: The "Second Saturdays" Team
How Often: Every second Saturday.
Today's Menu: Scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, hash browns, bagel bites, waffle fries, fruit cocktail, coffee, cake, juice and tea.
Team Fact: This is one of the longest standing Teams - with several members helping for over 20 years!
Some Site Details: This meal site serves breakfast concurrently with the Saturday morning Old Lyme Pantry distribution. It is the only of our 8 meal sites that does this at a Pantry. For this reason it is also our largest meal, serving upwards of 120 guests every week! The volunteers all work very hard to make a special hot breakfast for all who come to the Pantry, and no one ever has to "shop hungry".
Years on the Team: 25
Jobs: I cook a little bit of everything.
What you like best: We all just pitch in!
How did you join the Team? I started out as a volunteer at a meal at St. John's in Old Saybrook. At first I had to peel carrots (and it was a bunch!). Then a cook retired, and I moved over here. That was 10 or 15 years ago.
Fun Fact: I drive a 1954 green Classic MG.
Years on the Team: 15
Job: I'm in charge of the pancakes.
Favorite thing: I'm retired, and I like to do a lot of volunteering, so this really fits my life.
How did you join the Team? Jack, who goes to this church, recruited me. We've been buddies for a long time.
About you: I'm an Ecclesiastical Minister at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme.
Years on the Team: 23 1/2
Jobs: I cook & float around wherever I'm needed. Also I set up the dining hall.
What you like best: Being there with the Team.
How did you join the Team? Jack recruited me through the Men's Club at Christ the King Church.
About you: I also volunteer at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding. I groom the horses.
Below is a picture of the crew from Connex Credit Union in North Haven. Bryan Woodward called and said his company wanted to use their Secret Santa funds to do something charitable this year. So, I offered him the challenge of cooking and serving breakfast for the 200 guests of the pantry on December 22. They shopped, prepped, cooked, served, cleaned, and even made a generous food and toy donation to the Old Lyme pantry. Bryan and his wife Rose and daughter Bianca even spent the night before in a local hotel to ensure they would be on time.
Back: Bryan Woodward, Melannie Hart, Michael Giorgio, Rosalie Woodward, Amber Price, Christen Bowen, Tyler Gavitt, Betty Ann Pinney, Mohammad Usman, Ron Malerba.
Front: Felicia Quido, Kayla Hart, Bianca Woodward, Patti Rea, Meagan Rea, Courtney Gavitt, Ben Guaquinto.
Old Lyme Boy Scouts cooked breakfast on 12/1/2012 and helped in the pantry too. Thanks!
Directions to Old Lyme Site
From l-95 North
- Take exit 70 for Old Lyme.
- Bear right onto Rt 156.
- In about 1/4 mile, at blinking light turn left onto Ferry Rd.
- The First Congregational Church is at the end of the block.
From l-95 South
- Take exit 70 for Old Lyme.
- Turn left at light at end of ramp onto Lyme Street.
- The First Congregational Church is about 1/2 mile on the right, on the corner of Lyme Street and Ferry Road.