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Community Thanksgiving Dinner canceled

ESCANABA — The long-standing tradition of the Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Escanaba will be postponed for this year, the board of directors announced. Normally held on Thanksgiving Day, the dinner provides sit down community dinner for 200 to 300 people and take out meals for 700 to 800 delivered meals.

“It takes a community to provide these meals,” said Dennis LaMarche, president of the board. “Community businesses provide financial and material donations. Volunteers work preparing food for three days, and to service and deliver the meals. That just isn’t possible during this time of the epidemic.”

The board considered many options, but realized that the resources to provide such a large undertaking, within the requirements of social distancing and other safety precautions, just wasn’t possible.

“We will be able to start working on next years dinner as soon as it becomes safe for us to do so,” LaMarche said.

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner has been held at the Escanaba High School for nearly 20 years and organizers are confident that next year will bring another gathering of the community to prepare and share this meal.

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