Salvation Army in Rochester offers free Thanksgiving meal

A service will begin at 11:30 a.m., and volunteers will be serving food from noon until 1:00 p.m. It will be held at their Caring Partners Adult Program Day building, located at 115 NE 1st Ave.

Posted: Nov. 23, 2017 7:26 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to join around the dinner table, share thanks and a home cooked meal.

The Salvation Army is trying to make sure no one goes hungry today by offering a free Thanksgiving meal. It will be held at their Caring Partners Adult Program Day building, located at 115 NE 1st Ave. A service will begin at 11:30 a.m., and volunteers will be serving food from noon until 1:00 p.m.

Volunteers have been busy preparing 16 turkeys, plus all the fixings: mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberries, and pie.

The Salvation Army says there will be between 40-50 volunteers working to serve the 300 people they’re expecting.

“So you've got people from churches, you got people from schools, you've got families, and then you have individual people that just want to come out on Thanksgiving, you know to feel like they have some purpose and to do something for people in need on the holiday,” Rebecca Snapp, the community engagement assistant for Rochester’s Salvation Army, said.

Bob Lewis cooks for the Salvation Army and said it’s all about making the food with love and inviting everyone to the table.

“My mom always, at Thanksgiving she always said, 'kids, this is love,'” Lewis said. “And that's what she always told us so I just, Thanksgiving is just a giving. And it's love and respect. And I guess when we give, you know, we receive.”

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