Butler County Times Gazette
  • Towanda man offers free meal to get to know neighbors

  • Free community dinner on Sunday
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  • In the busy modern world, people don’t often have time to get to know their neighbors.
    That is something Marvin Davis ,Jr. of Towanda would like to change; at least in his small community.
    Davis, a retired restaurant maintenance worker, has organized a free community dinner for Sunday. He is providing all of the food and is doing the cooking, all people have to do is show up and break bread with their neighbors.
    “I was born and raised in Towanda but lived in Louisiana for 20 years,” said Davis. “When I came back to my home town I realized that I didn’t know very many people anymore.”
    Davis believes when neighbors know each other there is less crime and more community involvement. He hopes this meal will bring the folks together to get to know each other.
    “We are going to cook enough for 100 to 150 people,” said Davis. “If we run out we will know to plan for more next year.”
    And Davis says he hopes they do run out. The menu consists of turkey, ham, dressing, and Cajun food just to name a few. There will also be menu items specifically for kids like macaroni and cheese.
    While Davis paid for most of the food himself, he did get some donations from the Towanda State Bank, Walgreen’s, Dillon’s and a few private citizens, and says he has a plan for any further donations he might receive.
    “Anything we get will go towards the next free community dinner,” said Davis. “It would be great to be able to do this again in the summer months.”
    The City of Towanda has been supportive by printing flyers for the event for free and donating the use of the Towanda Community Center.
    “The City of Towanda is full of good people,” said Matt Engels, Towanda city administrator. “Marvin is giving everyone a chance to get together and share a meal.”
    The first annual “Great Towanda Community Feast” will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Towanda Community Center, 317 Main St.
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