Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Please join us for the

46th Annual Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner

November 22nd from 11:30am—2:00 pm

At the Bethany Church,

115 Main Street, Montpelier, VT

We are pleased to present a family style sit down meal at the Bethany Church with all the traditional “fixings”…and to offer delivery to those who are unable to leave their homes to attend.  Over the years our meal has become a social gathering for community members of all ages.

 

2017 Thanksgiving Highlights!

  • We achieved the goal of 60 turkeys collected in our first ever turkey drive!
  • 239 community members volunteered on Thanksgiving Day
  • 742 total meals were served
  • 428 meals were served at the Bethany Church sit down dinner
  • 314 dinners were delivered to those unable to leave their homes

Each year we distribute any leftovers from the meal to other organizations committed to feeding our community.  Last year we were pleased to share leftovers with the Bethany Bowl and Another Way Drop in Shelter.

 While laying the ground work for our 2018 Turkey Drive, we got in touch with National Life Group, where Chef Emma kindly allowed us access to her freezer space for the drive in 2017.  Living up to their Do Good reputation, National Life Group Foundation has kindly donated the funds to cover all our turkeys this year!  We are grateful beyond words to have this significant portion of the meal taken care of so early in the process.  

Would you like to get involved this year?

2018 Volunteer Opportunities Available:

  •  TURKEY COOKERS:

Pick up a turkey at our office on Friday, November 16th between 10am – 5pm. You’ll receive a turkey, roasting bag, pan, & instructions. Deliver cooked turkeys to the Bethany Church on Thanksgiving morning (Nov. 22) between 7am – 10:30am.

  • PIE BAKERS:

Pies can be delivered to the Bethany Church on November 21st (9:00am – 1:00pm) and on Thanksgiving morning between 7am – 10:30am. Pies requiring refrigeration should arrive on Thanksgiving Day. (Donations of store bought pies are totally acceptable, if you want to help but don’t consider yourself a baker)

  • HOME DELIVERY ORGANIZERS AT THE UNITARIAN CHURCH: 

Thanksgiving morning from 9:00am – 12:00pm, assisting with container meal preparation, delivery coordination and clean up.

  • HOME DELIVERY DRIVERS:

Our deliveries are mainly in the Barre/Montpelier area, but there are a few scattered locations around the county. Drivers arrive at the Unitarian Church at 10:00am on Thanksgiving Day.

  • THANKSGIVING DAY SHIFTS AT BETHANY CHURCH:

Meal preparation & set up; Meal Servers and Clean-up in 2 hour shifts, from 7am—3pm**.

**Many of you can appreciate that post-event clean-up is a critical part of any large event!  We are making a very special appeal to recruit a dedicated team of volunteers for the 1-3pm shift to help us clean up and leave Bethany Church as beautiful as when we started. A few dedicated individuals make this process fast and efficient!  Come have dinner with us and celebrate! The clean-up is a wonderful way to wrap up a great day of giving.

Contact our office at 229-9151 or e-mail: thanksgiving@wcysb.org to sign up for one of our volunteer opportunities!  If you know someone who could benefit from attending the meal or getting a home delivery, please spread the word!  We will take orders for home delivery until Tuesday, November 20th.

 Many thanks to area merchants, organizations and community members for donating time, money, and food items to make this meal a tremendous success! The Community Thanksgiving Dinner would not be possible without the generous support and kindness of our community. THANK YOU!!