LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – If you want a Thanksgiving meal, there are plenty of places around Lexington to find one for free.
From 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, the Lexington Rescue Mission is hosting a dinner party at Broadway Christian Church.
“We wanted to make sure we’re here for tonight, before the holidays, and provide a place for people to go, if they need a place to go for the holidays, they need a meal. warmth and camaraderie,” Laura Carr said. , executive director of the Lexington Rescue Mission. “It’s just an opportunity to come together and express our gratitude for all that we have been blessed with.”
The Lexington rescue mission is expecting around 500 people.
The Salvation Army also feeds people on Thanksgiving at their location on West Main Street.
“Tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, at noon, you can come here in person and we will share meals around the table and you can join the community with other people in the community,” said Major Cheryl Miller, of the Salvation Army.
Preparations for the big meal are underway and this year’s gathering will be different.
“This one is so special because we haven’t been here in two years,” Miller said. “We haven’t been able to get seats in person and the joy this year is that we can talk to people face to face.”
The Hope Center also hosts a Thanksgiving dinner.
“It’s running from 5-6 p.m. tomorrow,” said Katie Vogel, director of development at the Hope Center.
Vogel says they expect to serve 200 people.
“We will have Thanksgiving food for dinner provided by Bluegrass Hospitality Group,” Vogel said. “So we’re grateful for this community support to help feed a few more people.”
Matthew Leivmann is the executive chef of OBC Kitchen, part of the Bluegrass Hospitality Group serving the Hope Center.
“I was blessed to be able to have everything I worked for and need, to have a wonderful family, and to be able to have a meal,” Leivmann said. “So to know that I’m able to help, along with everyone else in the business, is just an amazing feeling.”
More than a thousand Thanksgiving meals will be served at various locations across Lexington. Charities and businesses come together to make sure no one is left with nothing on Turkey Day.
The Catholic Action Center will distribute a drive-thru Thanksgiving meal at its Industry Road location on Thursday from 4.30-6.30pm.
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