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UPDATE: Community to serve food for additional evenings on Thursday-Friday, Feb. 18-19 at Gladstone High School

COURTESY PHOTO - Ginger Zimtbaum (right), one of the organizers of the community effort, serves hot meals on Feb. 17 to those without electricity at Gladstone High School.Gladstone residents are mobilizing to offer free hot meals to neighbors who have gone five days without power following one of the worst snow and ice storms in recent memory.

The Gladstone "Ice Storm Mutual Aid Group" is encouraging community members to swing by Gladstone High School (18800 Portland Ave.) from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 and Friday, Feb. 19 to receive a hot meal after the success of serving meals on Feb. 16-17. The meals include pork sliders, mashed potatoes, beans and rice, asparagus, mac and cheese, chicken, pizza, spahgetti, chili, hot dogs and deserts. There will be vegetarian options available as well.

According to the group, they're still seeking some donations to help their efforts including green propane canisters, bags of ice, firewood and gas gift cards (for generator fuel).

"This has been a delightful outpouring of goodwill and positive energy," said Gladstone School District spokesperson Leslie Robinette. "This community spirit is what makes Gladstone special."

COURTESY PHOTO - Paulette Martin volunteers with her daughter to serve free hot meals on Feb. 17 to Gladstone residents without electricity.According to Annessa Hartman, city councilor and community activist, more than half of Gladstone residents are still without power as the region reels from the ongoing impacts of the Valentine's Day weekend storm.

"During times of crisis it is so important for our community to come together and help one another. Mutual aid has the ability to bond a community together and help us to heal in these difficult times. I am so grateful for everyone who came together in such a short amount of time to help their neighbors," Hartman told Pamplin Media Group. "Our school district provided us with the space to serve. We have both community members and businesses donating their grills, lights, tables, tents, and food that would normally be thrown away, but is now being made into a wholesome meal. Seeing my community come together like this makes me so proud to call Gladstone home."

Hartman said that while the hot meals are intended for Gladstone residents without power, they're not going to turn anyone away whether they have power or not, or if they don't live in Gladstone proper.


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