Coverage by fellow Westland Rotarian Julie Brown from the May 1, 2016 Plymouth Observer on the Greater Plymouth Service Project

Kids Against Hunger focus of May 7 Greater Plymouth Service Project

Isabelle Schultz is a great cook, something her son Nick knows well.

“She came from a family of 10 Italians,” he said of his morther, who recently marked her 60th wedding anniversary with husband Carl. “She knows how to do it.”

The senior Schultzes of Plymouth Township were a key part of Wednesday evening at the Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex, 650 Church St. The Greater Plymouth Service Project, to benefit the Kids Against Hunger Coalition, is approaching there Saturday, May 7.

That day, some 1,200 volunteers will gather at PARC to package meals for the hungry. On Wednesday, Isabelle Schultz prepared meals for about 30 people from the package, which serves about six people each.

“It really isn’t that hard,” she said, after transporting her home-cooked food to PARC for dinner. “It’s really a pretty quick meal.”

For the 30 guests, Schultz added onions, red and yellow peppers and garlic. She sauteed the vegetables and used a little Worchestershire sauce, along with celery, “just whatever I had around.”

“Especially in this, the olive oil helps,” she said. “But there’s a lot in there to begin with.”

She agreed a basic dinner — with a protein, starch and vegetables — is already in the package and just needs boiling and serving.

“It’s a healthy meal for a family,” husband Carl added.

A committee chaired by Dave Siegrist of Plymouth Township was meeting down the hall to work out details for May 7’s initiative at PARC, a first-time endeavor. Some $35,000 has been raised in support, with food for about 126,000 meals ordered, Siegrist said.

“Everybody loved it,” Siegrist, who chairs the Community Foundation of Plymouth, said of the food Wednesday. “I know I went back for seconds.”

Siegrist and Carl Schultz are both active Kiwanians. “They’re the ones that got involved very early with Kids Against Hunger,” Nick Schultz noted about Kiwanis, which is among service clubs, student groups, the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation of Plymouth, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Plymouth-Canton Schools, Wilcox Foundation and other supporters.

Checks or money orders payable to Community Foundation of Plymouth are welcome at: CFP-GPSP, P.O. Box 700866, Plymouth, MI 48170. CFP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit entity.

Volunteers are also still needed; to volunteer, send an email to by Thursday, May 5.

Committee member Nancy Caviston said, “From what I understand, there’s going to be a lot of people” May 7. She’s in the Kiwanis Club of Colonial Plymouth and noted Kiwanis’ extensive work with Kids Against Hunger.

“I’m going to be there” May 7, Caviston said: “I may be manning the information table. The actual packaging is going to be huge, from what I understand.”

Isabelle Schultz had prepared such a meal at home years earlier for charity work and this time Dave Siegrist said, “Isabelle, you’ve got to come and cook up a meal,” Nick Schultz said.

A couple of side salads and dessert were added for the occasion Wednesday, with leftovers going to Plymouth Opportunity House. It was back down the hall at PARC for committee members to work out final details before heading home for the evening.

“We’ve got the full community involved,” Siegrist added.

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