Warm and filling

16th Love Bowls will double its pleasure with anonymous gift
by Jeff Pederson of The Review staff

MEALS ON WHEELS OF SHEBOYGAN COUNTY will present its 16th annual Love Bowls event Sunday, Feb. 21, at Sheboygan South High School, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Submitted photo MEALS ON WHEELS OF SHEBOYGAN COUNTY will present its 16th annual Love Bowls event Sunday, Feb. 21, at Sheboygan South High School, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Submitted photo When winter’s icy chill comes upon us, nothing seems to hit the spot quite like a hot bowl of soup.

For the 16th consecutive year, area soup lovers will unite for a good cause, as Fresh Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County presents its popular Love Bowls event Sunday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Sheboygan South High School.

This year’s Love Bowls guests will receive a handcrafted, handpainted, colorful Talavera bowl or salad plate, which come directly from Dolores Hildago in Mexico, and can enjoy all the soup and sides they can eat, including bread, rolls, cheese and cookies made by Meals On Wheels for $20.

The proceeds from the event go directly to providing nutritious, homemade meals for Sheboygan County’s most isolated neighbors.

For the first time in the 16- year history of Love Bowls, the stakes will be doubled at this year’s event, as an anonymous benefactor has pledged to match donations up to $300,000 through March 31.

According to Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County Communications Director Noelle Gross the benefactor has pledged to double all funds raised through the Love Bowls event in an effort to help Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County eliminate its debt.

“This investment will allow Meals On Wheels to move forward and expand its service,” Gross said. “It is a very generous donation and we are very thankful.”

In addition, Love Bowls guests will have an opportunity to upgrade to a Talavera dinner plate for $30.

“Every year more than 1,000 guests attend Love Bowls, so we like to keep the event fresh,” Gross said. “We have added glassware and small plates, so the new dinner plate is our next evolution.

“$30 also covers one week of meals for our clients, so it’s an easy way for guests to understand the impact they are making on our neighbors’ lives by attending the event,” she said.

This year Sheboygan County restaurants are again providing over 70 homemade soups from Wisconsin cheesy pale ale gnocchi to beef burgundy and chicken tortilla soup, just to name a few.

Also, Meals On Wheels’ culinary team will be making 30-minute Jambalaya using Johnsonville’s Andouille sausage. The recipe is featured with this article.

Aside from the preparation and consumption of a wide selection of locally made soups, the day’s festivities will also include a silent auction featuring handmade Mexican Talavera pottery and hand-blown Mexican glassware.

Items up for auction include pitchers, drinking glasses, planters and serving collections.

A top-notch lineup of local musical entertainment will be featured on the Sheboygan South High School commons stage throughout the event.

Live entertainment this year will include Roses & Thorns (10:30 a.m.), The Belle Weather (11:45 a.m.), Northern Lights (1:15 p.m.) and Carl Weinberger (2 p.m.).

All proceeds from Love Bowls help Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County to serve fresh, nutritious meals to homebound, elderly and disabled neighbors throughout Sheboygan County.

Research has proven that communication during delivery and well-balanced meals significantly decrease hospitalization, depression and feelings of isolation by providing the nutrition and human interaction needed to maintain health and well being.

“We have been blessed with an event that, even after 15 years, continues to grow,” Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County Executive Director Kelly Heyn said. “Hundreds of individuals and families mark Love Bowls on their calendar months in advance.

“We believe the community continues to flock in droves to attend Love Bowls because they believe providing a hot, nutritious meal for our neighbors is important and we offer quality familyoriented entertainment and delectable soups,” she said.

Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County is celebrating its 46th anniversary in 2016.

Over the past 46 years, the program has grown from one route of six clients to 28 routes with over 350 clients today.

Meals are delivered to homes in Sheboygan, Sheboygan Falls, Plymouth, Kohler, Howards Grove, Elkhart Lake, Crystal Lake and Glenbeulah during the noon hour Monday through Friday throughout the year.

Meals on Wheels provides long and short-term service to homebound clients, based upon individual need. The main qualifying factor for the program is a person’s inability to prepare a nutritious meal.

As the population grows older, demand for the Meals On Wheels program is expected to rise significantly in the upcoming years, and Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County is prepared to meet the challenge.

In late 2012, Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County opened a new state-of-the-art office complex and food production facility at 1004 South Taylor Drive in Sheboygan. The facility features a full-service kitchen, which provides the ability to serve up to 1,000 meals a day.

In 2014, they adopted a new fresh approach to meal preparation as 11 raised beds were built behind the Meals On Wheels facility to help volunteers plant, grow and harvest fresh produce for meals.

Due to limited space, only infants under the age of 1 will be admitted free. Tickets will not be sold in advance. All tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the event.

For more information about enrolling your loved one in the Meals On Wheels program, call Meals On Wheels at 920-451-7011 or visit freshmealsonwheels.org

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