CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Chowing down on a mouthwatering meal that actually helps feed families in your community might sound like that rare moment in which you get to have your cake and eat it too.
But that's exactly what the East End Family Resource Center is offering diners at its popular Heart & Soul Dip Dinner on Feb. 22.
"Our mission is to build bridges of opportunities, to provide resources for children, for parents, senior citizens and other individuals in our community who don't have resources within their own families," said Bonnie McClung, chairwoman for the annual Dip Dinner.
"All the proceeds are used to fund our free after-school program, which services over 100 children, also the senior program, parent education programs, support for teen moms and other family activities of the East End Family Resource Center," she added.
The center has so many programs it's hard to count them all -- and the same can be said for the tables full of food from churches, businesses and donors, all using bottled water for their culinary creations.
There will be as many as 15 tables full of food, at least two of them stacked with desserts, all of it available for tasting at just 50 cents a "dip."
"It's designed after the Taste of Charleston -- it started as traditional 'soul food' and Afro-American cuisine, but now it's become more of a multicultural event, with all kinds of different foods -- something for everyone," said Carolyn Wesley, assistant director of the Resource Center.
"Board members have tickets, we have tickets here at the center, and we hope to see a lot of people coming out to support the East End families," she added.
The dinner takes place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Roosevelt Neighborhood Center, 502 Ruffner Ave. For tickets and more information, call 304-344-1656.
Reach Maria Young at maria.yo...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5115.