Elgin Community Thanksgiving dinner serves over 1,000 people

Food For Friends once again partnered up with a number of Elgin area organizations,  for a very large Thanksgiving community meal.

This annual serving event, held at First United Methodist Church of Elgin focuses on serving the city’s less fortunate and families every year on Thanksgiving day.  Food For Friends donated over 1,000 pounds of turkeys for the meal.

25 Food For Friends volunteers helped to serve over 1000 people from the Elgin community on Thanksgiving 2018

This was the 10th annual community dinner organized by Jeff Turner and staffed by volunteers from a number of organizations, including Dream FoodsTogether We’re Elgin,  First United Methodist Church of Elgin,  and Food For Friends.

This year more than 1,000 community members were served.   In addition to the 1,000 pounds of turkey we donated,  other organizations donated money for 600 pounds of potatoes, 300 pounds of sweet potatoes, 25 pans of green bean casserole and 25 pans of stuffing.  For dessert, community members baked and dropped off baked pies and other desserts the morning of the event.

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.

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.

We’ve loaded over 120 pictures from this event at our Facebook photo album here.  Thanks to Dane Duval for sharing those pictures with us.  In addition, Dane provided a nice video clip which we have also loaded to Facebook here