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Thanksgiving meal prep starts Nov. 23

The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will take place Thursday, Nov. 26, from noon to 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles.

Sponsored by the Salvation Army, the free meal is prepared by 50-60 volunteers who will begin work next Monday and continue on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Volunteers also deliver meals to homes, serve, set up and clean up.

Salvation Army Youth Director Rae Anne Edmisten, who will be the main chef along with Major Elaine Wildman, said the community dinner “brings us all together.”

“There’s homeless people sitting next to people you’d never expect them to visit with and we truly become a community,” Edmisten said.

A traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served with turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.

The food is either purchased locally by the Salvation Army or donated.

In the past, the dinner has served between 700-800 people but enough food will be prepared for 1,000.

Any leftovers will go to Community Meal.

To volunteer or order a delivery meal call the Salvation Army at 541-296-6417.


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