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Eppson Center hosts free Thanksgiving dinner

Eppson Center hosts free Thanksgiving dinner

Anyone within the Shenandoah city limits wishing to have a meal delivered should call the Presbyterian Church at 712-246-3592 before Thanksgiving Day, or call the Elks Lodge on Thursday at 712-246-5110 before 11 a.m.

International Academy of Flint is set to greet the community for Thanksgiving dinner.

Deb's Diner will open her doors for a full Thanksgiving meal for the 11th straight year, said owner Deb Tuckish.

"The last two years have been over 600 people with 685 (attending) last year", Neustel said.

"The San Joaquin Valley grows a cornucopia array of fruits, vegetables, nuts, meats, milk and fiber products that take center stage this time of year", said Fresno County Farm Bureau chief executive officer Ryan Jacobsen.

After holding the first dinner at the Presbyterian Church, the event moved to Shenandoah's Old Armory, and, eventually, to the Elks Lodge.

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Working together, the churches typically serve about 200 meals for people dining in and carrying out and around 800 for delivery, McDougall said. "I hope in the future other people will keep it going after we're gone". He said, "Greg came and asked if I would help out in cooking and in preparing the meals".

"Members of the church provided turkeys, and it just so happened that on that particular Thanksgiving Day, we had an ice storm". On any given year, there are between 500 to 600 million pounds of turkey in cold storage before Thanksgiving, or almost two pounds of turkey for every non-vegetarian in the US. Shipp said they'll meet any request they can for to-go meals as long as there is still food left.

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner also relies on the support of the business community.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, there's one more thing people can be thankful for this year: the price of a Thanksgiving meal is the most affordable it's been in five years.

"It is good to help somebody, it is great to see the look on people's faces when they see that people really do care about them", Bradley said.

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