This is the time of year when Argie Manolis of the University of Minnesota Morris’ Office of Community Engagement would be planning for the annual Community Engagement Awards and Ceremony. Instead, Manolis told the KMRS Community Connection that she has to deal with the new reality of offering what programs she can online, and cancelling others like the Morris Community Meal and the Bread ‘N’ Bowls fundraiser.
“I haven’t completely processed that we’re not going to be able to do those celebrations. I think those are really important events,” said Manolis. “The Bread ‘n’ Bowls event and our Morris Community Meal has been ongoing for more than a decade. Yeah — it’s really hard, you know. That was one of the things that I think I had to kind of grieve, along with not seeing my students regularly and my colleagues and all of that.”
Manolis noted that people can still donate to the agencies that had been the recipients of the Bread ‘N’ Bowls event for the past decade: the Stevens County Food Shelf, Someplace Safe and the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance.