Organizers are taking reservations for the free Community Thanksgiving Feast until Saturday, Nov. 14. “Meals cannot be guaranteed for people who do not pre-register,” said the Rev. Celeste Lasich, head of the organizing committee.
The feast will be a drive-through, food pick-up event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, at Gella’s Diner, 117 E. 11th St.
In addition, First Call for Help will be delivering meals that day to its Meals on Wheels clients, the elderly, homebound, disabled, and quarantined individuals through contactless delivery. To sign-up for the free delivery service, individuals who meet one of those criteria may call First Call for Help at 785-623-2800.
All others must pre-register at https://signup.com/go/NXaeNyy, specifying the number of meals they will need. The website will ask them to select a pickup time.
Also, bags of groceries will be distributed free of charge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at the Community Assistance Center, 208 E. 12th St.
Lasich said that, as in the past, there are no income requirements for an individual wanting a sack of groceries. The sacks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as supplies last.
The Ellis County Ministerial Alliance (ECMA), which has organized the feast for the past 12 years, is once again the sponsor. Those wishing to volunteer may call 785-623-2800.
Monetary donations to help cover the cost of the traditional Thanksgiving feast may be mailed to ECMA, P.O. Box 173, Hays, KS 67601, with a note in the memo line to benefit ECMA’s 2nd Mile Fund.