Manna Pantry hosts annual Share the Harvest dinner

Members of the Big Rapids area community ventured into downtown Big Rapids Friday evening to enjoy a meal while supporting those in need at Manna Pantry’s third annual Share the Harvest dinner. The locally sourced meal was prepared by several area chefs. (Pioneer photo/Taylor Fussman)

BIG RAPIDS — The smell of savory food and sweet treats filled the air in downtown Big Rapids Friday evening at Manna Pantry’s third annual Share the Harvest meal.

The event, which took place along North Michigan Avenue, was made possible through a partnership with several local businesses and organizations and featured a farm-to-table dinner prepared by area chefs.

On the evening’s menu were a wide variety of dishes, including potato salad, pulled pork, spaghetti squash, rhubarb cake and more.

Kevin Courtney, executive director of Manna Pantry, said there was a great turnout at the event.

“We were blessed with a gorgeous night,” he said. “Everyone is smiling and talking with friends. I think they understand by doing this, they are helping those in need.”

Guests of the Share the Harvest dinner enjoyed a wide variety of dishes, including a fresh potato salad, corn bread, pulled pork, spaghetti squash, rhubarb cake and more. (Pioneer photo/Taylor Fussman)

Courtney explained about 80 percent of the funds raised through ticket sales for the event will go directly back to Manna Pantry, an emergency food pantry serving people in Mecosta and Osceola counties. He added the remainder helps pay for the event itself.

“This is our second largest fundraiser. It makes up probably 20 to 30 percent of our food budget,” he said.

Food for the Share the Harvest meal was provided by several local farmers, including Earth Weavers Farm, Grant’s Family Farm, Hayes Farm, Living Seed Farm, Pineview Farm and Bake Shop, Q’s Produce, Udder Bliss Farm and Ward Vegetables.

After enjoying drinks and a salad, guests lined up to fill their plates with locally sourced and freshly prepared food in downtown Big Rapids on Friday. (Pioneer photo/Taylor Fussman)

Hadley Nobliski performed during the first half of the annual Share the Harvest dinner on Friday. Attendees also were entertained by local musician, Josh Williams. (Pioneer photo/Taylor Fussman)

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Taylor is the cops and courts reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at tfussman@pioneergroup.com.

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