Elgin Community Thanksgiving dinner a total success!

img_0398On Thursday November 24, 2016, Food For Friends partnered with the In The Neighborhood Deli & Salvation ARMY for the annual Elgin Community Thanksgiving dinner.

This annual serving event, held at First United Methodist Church of Elgin, feeds up to 1,500 of the city’s less fortunate and families every year on Thanksgiving day.

The driving force for the event is Jeff Turner, the owner of In The Neighborhood Deli. Mr. Turner has organized the community meal for Thanksgiving the past nine years. Community members are encouraged to bake and drop off baked pies and other desserts the morning of the event.  Also, one of the really neat traditions at this event is that kids are invited to help during all shifts, including coloring the place mats, rolling silverware, and running trays of desserts or drinks to the crowd.

You can get a feel for the event by watching the video below.


Food For Friends has partnered with Mr. Turner over the past 5 years providing close to 1,200 lbs of turkey for each event.  Rich LeBrun, a former Food For Friend board member, coordinated all Food For Friends support for this event.  In addition to the turkeys we provided, over 20 Food for Friends volunteers served at the event.

Many of our volunteers love this serving event and tell us they find it extremely rewarding as a way to give back to the community.  In fact a number of our volunteers have made this event a part of their Thanksgiving tradition, serving with their family members.

If you have not served at this event, put a reminder on your calendar for next year.  But make sure you sign up early as we always end up with a waiting list for this event!

More pictures from the event are available at our Facebook picture album