Duluth Rotary Club Makes Harvest Feast for Life House Youth

Baihly Warfield
Updated: November 26, 2019 06:23 PM

For many people, stressors around the Thanksgiving holiday include cooking, cleaning and getting to your destination safely. For homeless youth in the Twin Ports, the biggest stress may be just finding a meal. 


Tuesday afternoon, that was taken care of. The Duluth Rotary Club 25 arranged a Harvest Feast for the youth at Life House. 

"There's definitely a family vibe. A lot of our youth have little ones that they bring too. And so we have big tables set up, and it's all decorated," Margie Nelson said. "And then they can all sit around the table and our staff join them, and it's really a great community opportunity." 

Nelson, Life House's community engagement director, said most of their youth won't have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. She said the teens may go down to the DECC for a meal on Thursday, but this is an opportunity to serve them in a small, inclusive environment.

"This year, we actually have mac and cheese and collard greens as well," she said. "So we're getting some different traditions, really acknowledging that our youth come from a variety of backgrounds and try to really make a special meal for them."

G.B. Schneider & Co prepared the food in the restaurant's kitchen. Super One donated much of the food, and people from New Life Lutheran Church made pies. 

Nelson said there are opportunities for others to help cook meals at Life House year-round. The food just has to be prepared in a commercial kitchen. You can find more information about how to help on Life House's website.


Baihly Warfield

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