Volunteer groups and organizations have gathered together to make sure that even those having a little trouble this year can have Thanksgiving.

In Pine River, the Thanksgiving dinner tradition the Smith family started so many years ago is again being handled by Brian Chaffee and his crew.

In Jenkins, the VFW is providing the turkey.

Lakes Area Food Shelf volunteers Leon Zender, Rita Sorensen, Mary Klang and Kathy Stone prepare Thanksgiving meals at the food shelf in Pequot Lakes.
Contributed (November 2021)
Lakes Area Food Shelf volunteers Leon Zender, Rita Sorensen, Mary Klang and Kathy Stone prepare Thanksgiving meals at the food shelf in Pequot Lakes. Contributed (November 2021)

In Pequot Lakes, families were given what they need to create a meal of their own through the hard work of and generous donations to the Lakes Area Food Shelf.

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Pine River

The Pine River American Legion is teaming up again with Chaffee's CommUnity Meals program. This year's Thanksgiving Eve meal will be served curbside at the Pine River American Legion from 4 p.m. until gone Wednesday, Nov. 24.

This will take the place of this week's meals the CommUnity Meals group serves at Riverview Church in Pine River and the Backus Senior Center.

On Friday, Nov. 19, the Pine River Area Food Shelf distributed turkeys, pies and ingredients for traditional Thanksgiving meals to its patrons.

Jenkins

The Jenkins VFW will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25. Free will donations will be accepted.

Pequot Lakes

The Pequot Lakes American Legion will host a Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25. The menu will include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables, a dinner roll and pie.

The Legion will accept free will donations.

With the generous support of many donors, the Lakes Area Food Shelf provided the turkey and fixings for 130 families on Monday, Nov. 22, in a drive-thru service.

Volunteers packed the goods for the celebrating families. Bags included stuffing mix, green beans, Jell-O, fruit, Cool Whip, pumpkin, cranberries, eggs, bread, celery and more. Meal bags were made possible by donations from Cub Foods, Schaefer's Foods, Country Hearth and Second Harvest.

Kathy Adams, food shelf director, said the food shelf has been seeing up to 40 families a day and it has been really busy. The food shelf used to see 13-17 people per day, she said.

Travis Grimler is a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He may be reached at 218-855-5853 or travis.grimler@pineandlakes.com.