PITTSBURG — Think you have a big Thanksgiving Day meal to prepare?
Try 40 turkeys, 350 pounds of mashed potatoes, over 100 pies, 14 pans of sweet potatoes, 25 pounds of Amish noodles, 45 loaves of French bread, 15 pans of dressing, four roasters of gravy and lots and lots of green beans.
That’s all to feed the expected 1,000 people during this year’s Pittsburg Area Community Thanksgiving Dinner (on Thanksgiving) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 304 West 3rd Street.
The meal is free, although donations are accepted, and volunteers are needed. Deliveries are also available, but requests must be made by calling the church before noon on Wednesday at 620-231-4085. Carryouts are available at 11:30 a.m.
Anyone wanting to volunteer can call the church or show up. The set up crew works from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteers wanting to help serve, bus tables or wash dishes are needed from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. And finally, a cleanup crew of volunteers will work from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The community Thanksgiving dinner started 32 years ago in the church’s basement. As the dinner has grown, so has the need for a commercial convection oven, a warming cabinet and four thermal containers to hold large trays of food.
Some of the food is prepared by a Thanksgiving dinner committee along with help from culinary students at Pittsburg High School, the Dishing Divas and Dudes cooking club, Babs Tims, Lisa Ross of Too Much Time Catering and More, Pam Owings and the Phi Tau Omega Sorority, Pittsburg Presbyterian Church and St. John Lutheran Church.
“We try to provide someplace for people to go that don't necessarily have people around to eat with,” said committee member Kathy Sanley. “It allows them to have a nice dinner with other people.”
Donations to offset the cost of the dinner can be given to the St. John Lutheran Church, with a designation for the Thanksgiving dinner.