About 1,000 homeless and hungry people will receive Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings at The Salvation Army Greater New York Divisional Headquarters at 120 West 14th Street in Manhattan on Thanksgiving Day.
The free sit-down dinner is the largest of those offered by The Salvation Army in the Greater New York area during Thanksgiving week, and is believed to be the oldest Thanksgiving dinner for those in need in New York City, if not the entire country.
Doors for the dinner will open at 11 a.m., and serving will continue until 2 p.m. Catering company Great Performances will once again be preparing the meal.
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“Thanksgiving is a time for family and celebration,” said Major James Betts, General Secretary for The Salvation Army Greater New York Division. “But there are people facing adversity who can’t afford a Thanksgiving dinner, or who have no one to share it with, or don’t even have a home. We become family for those people, as we do for every guest who walks through our doors.”
In addition to the Manhattan feeding, The Salvation Army will also be serving Thanksgiving Day dinners at its centers in Brownsville, Brooklyn (for 300 people), Freeport, Long Island (for 400 people), and Riverhead, Long Island(for 50 people). During the week of Thanksgiving, meanwhile, various Salvation Army locations will be hosting sit-down dinners, and/or distributing turkeys, chickens or holiday baskets, on the days leading up to or following Thanksgiving Day.
Altogether, The Salvation Army this Thanksgiving will be serving nearly 5,000 people at sit-down dinners, while distributing 2,525 turkeys, 800 chickens and 1,795 holiday baskets, and delivering 563 meals to homes.
The Thanksgiving meal program is part of The Salvation Army’s overall year ‘round total of more than 2.7 million meals served to adults, children, and families in need.