Reunion dinner in the "Happy Dining Hall" in Xichong, Sichuan

"Happy Canteen" is preparing for the reunion dinner.
(Going to the Grass Roots in the Spring Festival) The reunion dinner in the "Happy Dining Hall" in Xichong, Sichuan.
Nanchong, Zhongxin. com, January 28th Title: Reunion dinner in the "Happy Dining Hall" in Xichong, Sichuan.
Author Yao Xinyu
"I’m going to have dinner right away. Today, the Happy Dining Hall in our village has a reunion dinner! Happy New Year to you, too! " At noon on the 28th, He Congfang, a villager from Tiancheng Village, Taiping Town, Xichong County, Nanchong City, Sichuan Province, walked slowly towards the "Happy Dining Hall" while talking on the phone with his family.
"Have a reunion dinner!" The "Happy Canteen" next to the village committee of Tiancheng Village is very lively. As the Spring Festival approaches, it is the day when everyone gets together for the New Year, and dozens of villagers come to dinner on time.
At the same time, the kitchen next to the "Happy Canteen" is in full swing. Braised tofu, cooked pork, eight balls, boiled pork, steamed crispy meat … steaming dishes are baked and served to the dinner table one after another. "This dish is delicious", "My mouth is watering" and "It’s delicious" … While chatting around the round table, the old people craned their necks to look forward to the next dish.
"Everyone has worked hard this year. Thank you for your usual support for the work of the two committees of the village. I wish you a happy New Year. Let’s eat!" After the dishes are served, Li Fuming, secretary of the village party branch, said. "Happy New Year!" "Good luck in the Year of the Tiger" … Old people exchanged auspicious words, moved chopsticks and feasted.
"Happy Canteen" is preparing for the reunion dinner.
"This tofu rake is harmonious and comfortable to eat." "You drink this soup in a bowl, and it is warm." … At the dinner table, the old people take care of each other and are happy. "You eat this!" "You can’t bite this!" "I can bite!" Aside, He Congfang also had a reunion dinner and talked with the old man beside him. The "Happy Canteen" is full of warm flavor of the year.
It is understood that the village’s "Happy Canteen" began to operate in September 2021. The canteen was originally built in the village to solve the problem of eating for the villagers working in the work-for-relief project. Because young people go out to work, there are many left-behind elderly people in the village. Later, this canteen was simply built into an elderly canteen, and the left-behind elderly and widowed elderly people in the village were invited to eat in the canteen. When eating in the canteen, lonely old people don’t have to pay food expenses, and the funds are solved by the village collective economic income.
"I have a cerebral infarction for more than 10 years, and my legs and feet are inconvenient. I used to cook some noodles at home." He Congfang is 73 years old. His children are working outside the home, and they are usually alone at home. "But since the’ Happy Dining Hall’, we have eaten well and played well here. Everyone talks and laughs every day, and we old people are very happy!" Now, she comes to the canteen at noon every day, not only to eat, but also to chat with other old people, so she is no longer lonely.
Old people have a reunion dinner in the "Happy Dining Hall".
Li Shuchong, the former party branch secretary of the village, just retired last year, and now he has a new identity-the chef of the "Happy Canteen". The meals in the canteen at ordinary times and the dishes of the reunion dinner at the end of the year are all from his hands. "Usually, the canteen is usually two dishes and one soup, tofu, potatoes, cabbage and meat … Because most of the people who eat are old people, considering the bad teeth of the old people, we all make the taste of the dishes very soft, and everyone is very satisfied." Li Shuchong said with mirth.
At present, there are about 60 elderly people in the village dining in the "Happy Canteen". "Ordinary old people have a meal in 10 yuan, and lonely old people are free. Plus the chef’s salary and the cost of ingredients, it will cost more than 10,000 yuan a month, and the operating pressure of the canteen is quite high. Nevertheless, we will work together in Qi Xin to create a "happy harbor" for the old people in the village. In the next step, we will mobilize rural friends, volunteers and other forces to participate and continue to run the’ Happy Canteen’. " Li Fuming said. (End)
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