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Quaker Kids raise $3,000 via dinner for charity


The Quaker Kids of Newtown Quaker Meeting have done it again, hosting another successful fundraiser during a pandemic.

With their Hybrid Virtual Lasagna Dinner, they raised over $3,000. The designated charity for their event this year was the Mercer Street Friends Summer Pre-School Program in Trenton, N.J., a “Quaker-affiliated, nonsectarian organization focused on hunger, poverty and access to educational opportunities.”

Newtown Meeting Quaker Kids have now raised and distributed to charities of their choice more than $34,000 over the past 14 years by serving simple meals for voluntary donations.

In lieu of prices for servings of lasagna and desserts available for the virtual dinner, purchasers were asked to make donations when they picked up their orders.

The hybrid in-person food pickup at the Court Street Meetinghouse with virtual socializing afterward was the 2021 version of the teenagers annual Lasagna Dinner which usually attracted over 100 in the Gathering Room of the historic Meetinghouse.

A variety of lasagnas were baked by members of the Quaker Meeting and donated to the event. A variety of homemade desserts also were donated.

Lisa Li of West Windsor, N.J., head of the children’s Lasagna Dinner Committee, said, “The children and teens of our Meeting worked together beautifully, packaging and serving food for pick-up in the Meetinghouse parking lot and collecting donations for their charity of choice this year.”

Everything was packed in compostable containers. Masks and social distancing were required during preparation and pick-up.

Li was assisted by Sharon Hulihan of Newtown whom Li credits with reconceptualizing the Lasagna Dinner.