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Lathrop Rotary, Lions, Interact host community soup lunch
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LATHROP – Seven different kinds of home-made soup will be served with a generous side of camaraderie. Even the drinks are provided free of charge.

That is what’s on tap Saturday, March 19, when members of the Lathrop Rotary and Lions clubs, along with Lathrop High School’s Rotary-sponsored Interact group, hold the second annual Community Soup Luncheon.

The following soup dishes, all donated and served free of charge to guests, will be offered: chicken soup, hamburger soup, albondigas (a Mexican meatball soup that will be prepared again by popular demand by Ron Valverde), menudo to be prepared by Jaime Hernandez, tortilla soup, split pea which is also making a comeback from last year by popular demand, and carrot soup.

Last year’s split pea soup was made by the mother of River Islands project manager Susan Dell’Osso, said Steve Dresser, the soup luncheon’s spokesman and a member of both the Lions and Rotary service clubs. “Everybody liked it so we asked her to do it again this year,” he said.

Guests don’t have to bring anything to the soup luncheon, Dresser said.

“All the soup is donated. Everything is free. There’s no charge; just come in. We feed everybody if they’re hungry. We supply the bread, and we supply the drinks,” he said.

The event is entirely financed by private donations, he added.

“Rotary and Lions are putting up the money to rent the Lathrop Senior Center,” he said.

Soup will be served from noon to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center located in Valverde Park at 15557 Fifth Street between Louise Avenue and Lathrop Road.

Volunteer servers will be members of the Lions and Rotary and the Interact clubs.

For more information about the soup luncheon, call (209) 982-1798.