Planning has started for the third annual Lewisburg Community Thanksgiving dinner and organizers are already figuring on having to feed an even larger number this year.
“It has gotten bigger every year we’ve done it,” said event coordinator Susan Porter. “Last year we fed right around 650 people and this year we think it will be even more.”
The dinner is a traditional Thanksgiving meal which includes turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, green beans, corn, sweet potato casserole.
Last year it required 45 turkeys and 30 hams to feed everyone.
“This year we figure we are going to need at least 60 turkeys and 40 hams, Porter said.
The meal will be served on Thanksgiving day, which falls on Nov. 26 this year and organizers are hoping that they get enough food donated to feed everyone.
“This is all based on donations, so anything that anyone wants to donate would be great,” Porter said.
The meal will be served at the Lewisburg City Complex inside the old skating rink from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meals will also be delivered to those in the community who can’t get out or don’t want to attend the group dinner.
The meal is free for everyone and anyone who wants to come or have a meal delivered to their home.
“Last year we probably served probably between 200 and 250 delivered meals,” Porter said. “The rest all came and ate with us.”
Area churches supplied buses to both help deliver the meals and bring guests to the dinner who did no have transportation.
“We probably had about 25 volunteers in all,” Porter said.
Porter is coordinating the event with her husband, Scott, and Kara Saye.
If anyone would like to donate to the meal or volunteer to help, you can contact Susan Porter at 270-772-4505 or Kara Saye at 850-390-3013. The community meal also has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/communityblessings.
You can also schedule to have a meal delivered or arrange a ride to the meal by calling Porter or Saye.
To contact OJ Stapleton, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.