Kennedy's provides Thanksgiving Dinner

Kyle Kennedy, manager of Kennedy's Fresh Foods, got word a few weeks ago that a local couple who for many years hosted a community Thanksgiving meal at Trinity Catholic Church had moved away from the area.

That's not even counting the slices of ham, dressing, green beans, corn, rolls and desserts that also accompanied the Thanksgiving meal delivered by Home Meals Delivery volunteers Thursday.

Members explain they put on the event not only to help those in need, but also so everyone has a place to go on the holiday.

"It is important because so many folks need a place to go", he said.

Lead cook Mr. John has been a part of the Salem Dinner for 16 years and does not plan on stopping.

With Thanksgiving upon us, it's a great time to reflect on all you are thankful for.

Damita Engel was helping Cairns with name tags and said her family joined First Presbyterian in 2013 for its outgoing and giving nature.

Almost 200 seniors and their families sat down for a Thanksgiving meal thanks to Audrey Calder, recreation coordinator for the senior center, and dozens of volunteers from different organizations in the Vacaville community. "After today", he said, "a lot of these people are going back to hungry".

The event first served about 70 people, Guza said.

"We thought we would do something different this year". Over 30 turkeys were cooked, for the home-delivery meals and a sit-down dining experience.

The only downside is the dinner happens just once a year, but that is to be expected, said Comer.

"Such a caring community, and I know what that I am inspired by the overwhelming generosity of my community and by my staff", Kendrick said.

"It's like a family reunion", he said.

Hively also said that in recent years, numerous take-out dinners go to Hospice House and other group homes as well as other destinations.

It's not just the menu that keeps hundreds of people coming to celebrate Thanksgiving at St. Peter's Catholic Church; it's everything, said St. Peter's President Cindy Engelkamp.

Organizer Myron Johnson said the dinner is about the community sharing a meal.

She said it's a special day for her. "Music brings people together".

"This year it's attractive, it's in the 60s", he said. "I thought it was a good opportunity to teach them a little bit about serving other people - not pre-judging people - everyone's got a story".

  • Salvatore Jensen