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Everybody Eats! board chairman and volunteer cook Ron King prepares a recent meal in the basement kitchen of St. Dunstan’s. The free community meal is pick-up only right now, every Monday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY ANNE BERLEANT

ELLSWORTH — The prep work was well under way at 7:30 on a recent Monday morning, as Ron King chopped the ends off Brussels sprouts in the St. Dunstan’s basement kitchen. The roasted sprouts are a favorite at Everybody Eats!, which serves a free community meal each Monday afternoon from 2:30-4 at the State Street church. But, of course, the work begins much earlier for the day’s featured main dish —a turkey-and-veg strata, served with rolls and dessert.

Operated under the umbrella of Downeast Community Partners, Everybody Eats! began 13 years ago with an ad that basically said, Let’s talk about food. “So, I came in the door,” King recalled. A farmer by birthright and inclination, King serves as the Everybody Eats! board chairman and also sits on the DECP board.

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Everybody Eats! volunteers — aka the lunch ladies — package items for later pick up at St. Dunstan’s. The group includes Melinda Klingerman, Carol Jordan, Moira Whalen, Trish Worthen, Barbara Clark, Fred Beyer and Raina Sciocchettinni. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY ANNE BERLEANT

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