Election Lunches to Keep Voters Fed in Belmont County

Photo by Dylan McKenzie St. Clairsville Ruritan Club Secretary Grace Niemiec, from left, and volunteers Anne VanDyne and Karen Fraleigh work to prepare food for the club’s Soup Day. The club will be serving various soups from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, keeping hungry voters satisfied.

For voters who develop an appetite standing in long lines at the polls today, several local churches and groups are offering meals for voters and hoping to generate a little revenue.

The St Clairsville Ruritan Club, located in St. Clairsville near the high school football stadium, is one of several locations offering lunch for Election Day. The club’s headquarters is situated across the street from a polling location and is holding its Ruritan Soup Day from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. today. This gives hungry voters the opportunity to stroll over to the club after casting their votes for the candidates of their choice. Patrons can have their choice of chili, beef vegetable soup, chicken noodle soup or oyster stew. The diners also can choose to enjoy an entire meal, including dessert. With an array of options, club members said guests are sure to be pleased.

Grace Niemiec is the secretary for the club, and she said the organization moved the date of the lunch to Election Day in an effort to attract more customers.

“Normally we would have had it on Thursday, but these last few years we decided to have it on Election Day,” Niemiec said.  “It’s worked out well so far.”

The Ruritan Club isn’t the only organization to host a lunch on Election Day. The Flushing United Methodist Church is holding a soup and sandwich luncheon from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, offering up hot chicken sandwiches, sloppy joes and several kinds of soup to guests.

Somerton United Methodist Church will also hold an election supper from 4-7 p.m. today, serving a full meal. The cost of the meal is a donation, and it includes chicken fricassee, noodles, scalloped potatoes, a roll, salad and dessert.

The Smith Township Community Center will be serving soup and sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the center in Centerville, offering up ham and bean, beef vegetable, and chicken noodle soup, along with a variety of sandwiches and desserts.

With an array of locations, voters in eastern Ohio should be able to find a place to get something hot to eat after casting their ballots today.


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