Easter dinner location will have to move

Published 04/20 2014 10:51PM

Updated 04/20 2014 10:52PM

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) - After nearly three decades, Ed Rathsack's annual free Easter meal at the Moose Lodge in Appleton may soon be moving locations.

Rathsack said that that's because the lodge is up for sale.

"I've been out and about talking to my friends at some of the restaurants and I've got a couple of leads," Rathsack said. "I might be able to get pretty much the same situation here."

Rathsack told local 5 that he loves to cook and that it only made sense to give back to his community in the way he knew best.

Each year more than 2000 meals are served to those who need the nurishment or just those who come for some food for the soul.

"It's more of a community and people can sit down and talk and socialize," volunteer Mike Cotter said. "And they need that just as much as they need meals."

Many of those who have been coming to the annual event said that although they love the location and its familiarity, it's not the building that keeps them coming back.

"You know what, I came in and I just... feel the love of the people here," said Jeff Zeegers of Appleton.

Volunteers not only donate food but also their time to make the event possible.

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