BUCKHANNON — The summer season is a time where outside activities are revived and communities come out and say hello to each other once again. Heather Schneider, the owner of bakery/coffee shop Dough Re Mi, and Debbie Kaopuiki came up with a new way to bring the community together with a much-loved past time, potluck dinners.
“I want people who are hungry to be fed,” Schneider said. “If we are connecting with each other, then the more hands helping with something, the less stress there is on one individual.”
The dinners will start this Saturday at Jawbone Park, where the entire community is invited to bring food, drinks and dishes starting at 5 p.m.
While people are encouraged to bring food to share, anyone who shows up will be fed.
“Honestly no one is even required to show up with food,” Schneider said. “If they show up hungry we are going to feed whoever shows up.”
The potlucks will take place the first and last Saturday of each month over the summer. At each meal, a jar for various non-profits will allow attendees to make donations. The first featured organization will be Literacy Volunteers of Upshur County and the second will be Women’s Aid in Crisis. Schneider said people are not required to donate, but the option is available.
“We are also trying to leave the park better than we found it, so everyone will pitch in before we leave the park,” Schneider said. “But we also want to limit waste by encouraging people to bring their own cup, plate and utensils and then take them home and wash them.”
Schneider has formed a Facebook group so people looking to take part in the potluck dinners can get in contact with each other. The page is called “Community Potluck Buckhannon WV.”