NORMAN — A poor man’s supper is often described as a meal that’s made when someone is pinching pennies. It’s a dinner or lunch that doesn’t cost very much but serves a lot of people and is usually used as a fundraising event.
That’s the exact idea that Norman Mayor Kenneth Broadway and the Norman town council had when they decided to hold a poor man’s supper at the Norman Community Building on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The meal consisted of pinto beans, navy beans, cornbread, cole slaw, onions, chow-chow and an assortment of cakes and cookies. Each dinner was $5 a piece.
Kim Arnette, the coordinator of this event and Norman resident, said that this is the first year of the poor man’s supper for the town of Norman.
“It’s a fundraiser that we used to do many years ago that we wanted to do again,” Arnette said. “It’s not very common.”
Arnette is right about that aspect. Roughly 30 people were in attendance around noon, but Arnette and Broadway anticipated more arrivals as the event lasted until 2 in the afternoon. The original plan, said Pastor Dena White, was to hold the supper at Norman United Methodist Church, but they found that the community building served as a better site.
“Norman United Methodist Church is a small church with a big heart,” White said.
Broadway feels the same way about the town of Norman and when asked if the poor man’s supper is successful, would he continue the tradition, he said, “I’m sure we will. We’re good about having food events. We’re hoping that the community will come together more often for things like this.”