For the 11th year, the needy or just plain lonely can go to The Great Plate for a free holiday meal on Thanksgiving Day.
The practice began in the restaurant’s first year of business. Fifteen people were invited for a Thanksgiving dinner, and year after year, the numbers have grown. In 2007, 480 people were fed.
“It was something the owners just wanted to do when they first opened,” said Mike Corbett, marketing manager at The Great Plate.
On Thanksgiving, volunteers will serve food, wash dishes, deliver food to homes, and more.
Last year, there were 85 volunteers, but more help will be needed this year, since at least 500 people are expected to attend.
“We’re gonna need a lot of help this year with getting enough food,” Corbett said.
Cooked food is requested for donations, but food in general will be greatly appreciated, said Corbett.
Different businesses, such as John Day’s All-Day-BBQ, have given food in the past, but because of the recent economic troubles, fewer donations are expected.
Those interested in donating food can drop it off at The Great Plate, and those interested in volunteering can call Corbett at 833-0862.
At a glance:
WHAT: Charity Thanksgiving Dinner
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 27
WHERE: The Great Plate, 714 Central Ave.
INFO: Mike Corbett 833-0862