Easter treats

EAST LIVERPOOL – Many tables around the area will be laden Sunday with a variety of post-Lent bounty, including loaves of freshly-made Easter bread made at an unlikely bakery.

This year, Catholic Charities Regional Agencies Senior Center on Fourth Street added the baking of two kinds of Easter breads to the other services they provide to the community, and it has proven to be a successful venture, according to coordinator Judi Golden.

“It’s the first time we did it, and we’ve been really, really busy,” Golden said, saying it will most likely become an annual project, with proceeds earmarked toward helping fund the agency’s other services.

Golden said with a smile that one man from Youngstown even stopped on his way to Mountaineer Gaming Resort to buy a couple loaves of bread, “maybe in case he ran out of money.”

Both cinnamon raisin and anise breads were made by head cook Jackie Woodward, who has been with Catholic Charities 23 years come May 1.

She was assisted by students from Kent State University participating in the Alternative Spring Break program, and Golden said, “She really needed them this time.”

That might be due to the fact that baking the 110 loaves of bread was in addition to all the other cooking Woodward does for the agency, which serves a free community meal from 12 to 2:30 every Thursday in addition to about 60 meals daily for senior citizens.

The seniors can choose to eat the daily meals at the center, carry them out or have them delivered to their home for $4, Golden said.

Although Woodward made it look simple as she bustled around the kitchen, the meal she turned out this Thursday was anything but with homemade biscuits, creamed chicken made with all-white meat, savory carrot coins and peas with dill and dessert.

About 100 people were expected to be served at this week’s community meal, including the KSU students.

Homemade soup is also offered every Thursday, and Woodward was quick to note that no mixes are used and the soups are “made from scratch.”

The center also provides some emergency assistance among its services.

“We’re the best little secret in town,” Golden said, adding that volunteers are always needed.