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Scott Yucha, president of the Rotary Club of Sunbury, presents Steven and Connie Lenig, founders of Elijah's Bowl, with the Sunbury Citizen of the Year award for 2010 Thursday night at the Edison Hotel in Sunbury. The Lenigs of Northumberland organized the community soup kitchen, at Sunbury’s First Presyterian Church, in 1991. Since then have been serving lunch every Saturday from 10:30 to noon with help from many wonderful people.

SUNBURY — Steven and Connie Lenig were named the Sunbury Rotary Club’s 2010 Sunbury Citizen of the Year Award winners Thursday night.

The Lenigs, of Northumberland, are the founders of Elijah’s Bowl, a community soup kitchen that has served free lunches from 10:30 to noon each Saturday for 20 years at Sunbury’s First Presbyterian Church. Club President Scott Yucha made the presentation.

In addressing a packed banquet room at the Edison Hotel, Connie Lenig joked that she was “glad this number of people did not show up on a Saturday at Elijah’s Bowl.”

She and her husband thanked the Rotary for the award. “It is a great honor,” Steven Lenig told the crowd. “It is very humbling. As any volunteer will tell you, we don’t do it for the recognition. It is in their hearts to do it.”

Elijah’s Bowl has served more than 80,000 meals since 1991.

“Each spoonful has been served up with love and hope and respect,” Steven Lenig said. “The only payment has been the thank-yous, a smile and a handshake.”

Mayor David Persing declared Thursday “Steve and Connie Lenig Day,” and state Rep. Merle Phillips said the Lenigs “exemplify the best qualities of the human experience.”

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