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DFL woman may help feed 1,000 volunteers

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By ALEXANDER RISSE
DCN Correspondent

As one might imagine with 300 volunteers, a busy day of phone-banking and door knocking adds up to a whole lot of hunger. That’s where Tina Welsh comes in.

Welsh, a long time Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) activist, has volunteered for hundreds of local campaigns over the years. She is in charge of feeding those who have donated their time to the DFL on Election Day.

“It’s been a long haul, two to three weeks of preparation,? she said.

Welsh said she and her kitchen of volunteers are prepared to serve 1,000 meals today – breakfast, lunch and dinner for everyone who has donated time out of their busy schedules.

The kitchen is a hotbed of activity. Welsh walked quickly around while checking on the preparation of countless food items that have been donated by local institutions. At the same time, she would strike up conversation with fellow volunteers.

Welsh said many of the kitchen volunteers come back to help out every year. As a result, amidst the delicious smell of chili and pulled pork, there is a strong sense of camaraderie.

In passing, one woman mentioned that she enjoys the sense of community she gets while volunteering in the kitchen with like-minded people.

It’s a good thing that Welsh and her kitchen team enjoy what they do. There were many hungry volunteers to feed.