Community Thanksgiving dinner asking the public for non-perishable food, drivers

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The 54th Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner is in a few days and organizers are asking the community for help.

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner Foundation needs several non-perishable items.

Foundation President David Braun says donations are down this year.

Non-perishable items needed are canned green beans, canned sweet potatoes, canned salad dressing, canned instant potatoes, canned cranberry sauce, canned milk, canned chicken broth, white sugar and brown sugar.

For the second year in a row, the meal will not be served in the Agriculture Hall on the grounds of the Stormont Vail Events Center.

Instead, volunteers will deliver meals to those who request them in advance.

Drivers are needed to help deliver meals, especially for the last shift, 12-22 on Thanksgiving Day.

Braun says they only have about half of the pilots they need.

If you would like to volunteer for the Thanksgiving Community Dinner, you can visit their website or call their volunteer hotline (785) 354-1744.

Braun says that if you want to volunteer as a driver, you can also call the Topeka Rescue Mission.

Non-perishable foods can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. November 22-24 at Agriculture Hall, located near SW 17th and Tyler streets.

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