Free Christmas Day meals available in Vale, Nyssa

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

For those in need, those not wanting to cook, or those just a little lonely, volunteers are stepping up around the county to ensure stomachs are full on Christmas Day.

The Starlite Café in Vale will begin serving dinner at 12 p.m. with the last food going out at 2 p.m.

“It all started way back when the ministers association served meals on Christmas,” said Starlite owner Sharon Bannon. “When my husband and I bought the café, we decided to move the dinner to a neutral location. Everyone is invited.”

The Starlite is in its 21st year offering the meal. The menu this year: roast beef, turkey and ham along with side dishes.

“The side dishes are brought in by volunteers and they bring in their specialties,” Bannon said. “We also have volunteers, including our employees, as servers, cleanup, cooking . . .