Strawberry shortcake helps feed bigger needs

In spite of record cold weather and a down-turned economy, Ellenton United Methodist Church managed to make almost as much money as last year with its food booth at the Manatee County Fair.

The church activity has 31 years of experience serving breakfast, sandwiches and strawberry shortcakes to Manatee fairgoers.

General chairman Ray Louden attributes the successful 10-day fair run to experienced volunteers, fresh local ingredients and tradition.

Pulled pork and sauces came from C&K Smokehouse BBQ in Parrish, freshly ground meat was provided by Palmetto Meat Shop, and competitively priced strawberries came from C&D Fruit.

An appreciation dinner was held for 110 fair booth workers at the church Feb. 4.

Catered by Kay Nettles and Patsy Lance, the dinner was a thank you for the many hours volunteers contributed to raise funds for local, district and global mission projects.

After expenses were paid, $7,300 was made available for distribution to missions supported by the church.

Benefactors were United Methodist Committee on Relief, Habitat for Humanity for Manatee County, Palmetto United Methodist Church Food Pantry, Manatee Children’s Services, Manatee Religious Services, Jim Russo Prison Ministries, The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home and the Gideon Society.