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After two months, Cor Unum meal center still expanding


Muriel Neveux, Irene Delage and Sister Sheila Maria, SC serve dinner at Lawrence’s Cor Unum Meal Center Dec. 5. They are three of the hundreds of people who volunteer at the center, which has served over 9,000 dinners since opening Sept. 30. Pilot photo/ Christine Williams

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LAWRENCE — On a cold December evening Lawrence residents queued up for good food, friendly service and a homey atmosphere. The menu on Dec. 5 was meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad with hard-boiled egg, carrots and dressing, baked apples with cinnamon sprinkled on top, assorted desserts and cheeseburgers for the children. Guests are welcomed, seated at round tables of eight and served. The dining room is large, bright and open with high ceilings and peach colored walls.

But they weren’t waiting for a seat at the latest home-style restaurant in town but that of the Cor Unum Meal Center of St. Patrick Parish.

The restaurant feel of Cor Unum is part of the meal center’s draw, along with the tasty meals and kind volunteer staff.

“The people are nice here. They bring everything,” said Charles Woodard, who has come to the center every day since it opened. “It’s about time Lawrence had a place like that. It’s the best thing to ever happen to Lawrence.”

Everyone at Woodard’s table nodded and murmured words of agreement. Woodard went on to say that he and his wife and have been coming to Cor Unum since it opened.

He and other Lawrence residents often have to choose between putting gas in their car or food on their table, he added.

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