Meals on Wheels Rowan will hold its second spring lobster sale. Orders are due on Thursday, April 18 by noon.
Pick up will be on Saturday, April 27 from 3-5 p.m. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church Faith Center on West Innes Street in Salisbury.
According to the Lobsterman, Peter, there are two times a year that lobsters are plentiful and plump; in spring and fall.
“We are ready to take advantage of a great lobster season,” Lobster Sale Chair Samantha Dagenhart said. “This spring, our drive-thru pick up will be on a Saturday. We are hopeful that a Saturday pick-up will encourage folks to plan a fun dinner with their family, friends or neighbors.”
One-pound lobsters, one-pound containers of “Sidewalk Deli Lobster Salad,” and Party Packs that include two lobster bibs and one lobster cracking tool will be available for pre-order. The lobsters can be ordered live or steamed.
Danny Roth at Shuckin’ Shack Restaurant in downtown Salisbury is partnering with Meals on Wheels to order, refrigerate and steam the fresh lobsters. The lobsters will arrive fresh from Maine on Friday, April 26 and be steamed on Saturday afternoon, just before the drive-thru pick up opens.
Rick Anderson, owner of Sidewalk Deli, will make the lobster salad with fresh picked lobster.
Anderson tested several recipes before he found the perfect combination of ingredients.
“During our first two lobster sales, we sold over 178 pounds of lobster salad. Rick is a terrific supporter of Meals on Wheels Rowan,” Lauren Whaley, Lobster Sale co-chair, said. “He normally serves lobster salad at the deli, but in the weeks leading up to the Meals on Wheels Lobster Sale, he will take it off the menu so everybody who is craving his Lobster Salad will order it from Meals on Wheels.”
Meals on Wheels volunteer, Pat Murtaugh, who helped with the fall lobster sale said, “The lobster sale was a unique idea that the board of directors decided to try in the Spring of 2018. We have developed great partnerships with Danny Roth at Shuckin’ Shack and Rick Anderson at Sidewalk Deli, and they supported our effort to make the Lobster Sale a semi-annual event.”
Meals on Wheels Executive Director, Cindy Fink said the organization has given the lobster sale a permanent place on its calendar. Spring lobster sale delivery will be on the fourth Saturday in April, and the fall lobster sale delivery will be on the fourth Saturday in September each year.
Tom Robinson, Meals on Wheels Board President said it has raised over $10,000 from lobster sales, and this money provides meals for homebound seniors in Rowan County.
“We are a very lean organization with only two full time and six part-time staff. We are fortunate to have nearly 1,000 volunteers who deliver over 57,000 meals a year. Although we encourage our participants to pay for their meals as they are able, the total payments toward meals only end up paying about 20 percent of the total cost. And the Meals on Wheels Board of Directors commits 25 percent or 58 meals out of the 230 delivered each Monday through Friday, to homebound individuals with the greatest need. Our goal this spring is to raise $9,375 to support meals for five homebound seniors for one year.”
Meals on Wheels has incorporated the opportunity to sponsor meals for a home-delivered meals participant in every fundraiser.
During their Annual March for Meals BBQ, supporters could purchase a $15 Eat One Feed One ticket. The $15 ticket provided a BBQ plate to eat and one daily meal during March for a homebound participant. Over 300 people contributed a meal to a homebound senior by purchasing an “Eat One, Feed One” ticket.
The lobster order form also offers each customer an opportunity to sponsor meals for a participant.
Orders can be placed online at www.mowrowan.org or by calling Meals on Wheels at 7047-633-0352.
All orders must be submitted and paid in full by Thursday, April 18 at noon.