3/1/12 – A group made up of several local churches is offering the public a free meal Thursday night. Tom Dugolenski with the Beaver Dam Community Meal Coalition says the group started two years ago with the goal of providing food and fellowship where it’s needed most. The group started by offering the meal to families at Jefferson Elementary but the program expanded last year to also include a community-wide meal. The Coalition currently serves one meal a month to Jefferson Elementary families and one meal to the entire community. Dugolenski says they hope to one day host a community meal every week. He says there have been averaging just under 100 people at each of their meals, and close to 80% are children. The Beaver Dam Community Meal Coalition’s free community meal will be held from 5:30 to 6:30pm tonight in the Beaver Dam High School cafeteria. On the menu: Tatar tot casserole, marshmallow fluff salad, fruits, vegetables, and dessert. The next community meal at the high school will be served on April 5.