Each year we serve 1,500 free, warm meals on Thanksgiving Day. 1/3 of the meals are served in-house at the community center and the other 2/3 (about 1100 meals) are delivered to people at senior citizens’ housing, nursing homes and private residences from Elkton to Edgewood, with the majority in the Havre de Grace, Aberdeen and Perryville areas.
Our project is truly a community effort. A majority of the food is donated, or sold at a reduced cost by local supermarkets, restaurants, bakeries, retail stores and businesses. Local restaurants provide food, chefs and other sundries to defer costs and to help cook the turkeys and make the gravy the three days preceding Thanksgiving. The Havre de Grace High School students prepare the stuffing. On Thanksgiving morning, families, singles and local organizations arrive to finish the cooking, prepare the meals and then deliver them. Volunteers also provide rides to those who need one. Last year over 300 people volunteered.