The Meadville Community Thanksgiving Dinner is back from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Family & Community Christian Association (FCCA).
The free dinner is a yearly tradition and aims to ensure that nobody is alone or hungry on Thanksgiving, said Randy Gorske, coordinator of the event.
Organizers are still looking for specific food donations, such as turkeys or hams — frozen ones will go toward this year's Christmas dinner — cans of green beans, sweet potatoes and baked beans, fresh vegetables for veggie trays, bunches of celery for stuffing, pounds of onions, pounds of butter and five gallons of milk. They are also looking for Thanksgiving-themed napkins. Monetary donations are also accepted.
"If it wasn't for the community, we would need to raise funds," Gorske said. "It works because of the generous donations every year."
The FCCA also will have drive-up days for Thanksgiving meal donations for the first time from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Monday at the FCCA, 378 Chestnut St. Helpers will be on hand to unload any boxes or bags from vehicles.
The sit-down meal in the FCCA's community room seats around 130 to 150 people, plus volunteers. The FCCA also delivers between 150 and 200 meals to shut-ins and senior centers in Meadville.
For more than 40 years, the FCCA (and formerly the YWCA) has sponsored the Thanksgiving dinner, which is available to anyone as a free community-wide event.
People interested in volunteering may call Gorske at 337-4279.
Tyler Dague can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.