Community Thanksgiving Dinner returns

ESCANABA — Hundreds of residents will fill the Escanaba High School cafeteria on Thanksgiving to enjoy a home-style feast during the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

Dinner will be served at noon Thursday at the high school.

For over three decades, hundreds of volunteers have been serving up a family-style, sit-down Thanksgiving meal to those who may not have anyone to share the holiday with.

According to volunteer Maggie Tall, current dinner reservation counts are at about 1,000 meals.

“It’s about 700 pounds of turkey,” said Tall.

Along with the turkey, the meal will consist of dressing, vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls, and pie. Coffee and milk will also be served. Meals can be delivered, picked up, or carried out, noted Tall.

The Delta Area Transit Authority (DATA) will also be providing rides to those who may not have a way to get to and from the meal, explained Tall. Reservations for rides can be made by calling the Escanaba Senior Center at 786-8850.

Tall said drivers are always needed to deliver meals.

Meal reservations can be also arranged by calling the senior center, said Tall, noting people who are thinking about attending the dinner are encouraged to call the center by Monday during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Volunteers will begin preparations for the dinner at the high school on Tuesday with about 24 turkeys being cooked, noted Tall. On Wednesday, vegetables will be prepared with volunteers slicing up carrots and peeling potatoes.

In addition to the meal, Tall said the atmosphere of the cafeteria is something to be admired as it is filled with conversation, noting the only time the hall is silent is when grace is being recited.

“It’s just like a family,” said Tall.

Those wishing to volunteer, donate food, or having any questions are asked to contact the Community Foundation for Delta County at 786-6654.