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25th Annual Greene County Thanksgiving Outreach
 
Over 3500 meals served in 2017; similar crowd expected in 2018 for 25th event.
 
 

Planning for the 2018 Greene County Thanksgiving Meal Outreach is now underway with weekly planning meetings being held each Thursday at 7:00 at Cedar Hill CPC, 4170 Newport Hwy beginning on Thursday, October 11.

We will be delivering meals throughout Greene County and will also have meals available for dine-in and carry out. 

We are planning on preparing enough meals for 3700 people throughout Greene County.

To accomplish this we will need volunteers to cook 146 gallon pans each of mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, 250 sheet cakes and to provide 292 dozen canned drinks.  This is usually organized through participating churches and other organizations.

2017 Summary
Our numbers seem to have leveled off at between 3500-3600 meals served.  Once again our number was increased by our giving the leftovers to the Greene County Workhouse, where they were able to make at least one meal for all the inmates out of them.  We had plenty of food, but could have used some more workers.   

2016 Summary
Our numbers were down slightly in 2016, with a final count of 3520 meals served.  Once again our number was increased by our giving the leftovers to the Greene County Workhouse, where they were able to make at least one meal for all the inmates out of them.  Even so, we ran short of green beans and mashed potatoes and didn't have as many helpers as usual.  This seems to be a pattern.  One year we'll have plenty of help and donations and then the next year people will remember that we seemed to have more than enough of food and volunteers and cut back a little and when they see that we ran short they'll increase both the next year, so we should have plenty of donations and volunteers in 2017 and then maybe run a little short again in 2018.

2015 Summary
We served a record number of people, serving or delivering around 3619 meals.  This number was increased by our giving the leftovers to the Greene County Workhouse, where they were able to make at least one meal for all the inmates out of them.  If everyone will cook and donate as generously in 2016 as they did in 2015, then we should be able to serve 3700 people with those same amounts.

2014 Summary
All the parking problems from 2013 were fixed and the delivery system flowed smoothly and quickly.   We delivered 2732 meals, had 338 carry out plates and had 45 people and workers dine in for a total of 3115 meals, give or take a few.  We had plenty of everything thanks to the generosity of the many cooks who donated their time and effort and to the sharing of leftovers from the Northern Greene County Churches United in Love Thanksgiving Meal on Wednesday.  We were able to give the Soup Kitchen 126 lbs. of turkey, 15 pans of dressing, 20 pans of mashed potatoes, 30 pans of corn and 25 pans of green beans for their weekly meals. 
 
2013 Summary
        Despite a slight problem with parking that delayed some delivery drivers for an hour and then running out of side dishes and having to run to the store twice, everything went fairly smoothly, especially considering the record number of meals that were delivered.  There were 2614 meals sent out with drivers covering 61 routes all over Greene County, with at least another 137 meals carried out and 65 people visiting the dining room.
  
You are Invited to Join in the Fun
and Receive a Blessing
We could have kept all this fun and blessing to ourselves, but we're glad to share with you both as individuals and as a church or other organization to join in the fun of the event and to receive a blessing.  See below to determine the level of blessing you'd like to receive.

To receive just a little blessing:
send us some money.  It's expensive to put on this meal and we can always use the financial help.  If you'd like more blessing, keep reading.
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To receive a larger blessing:
come to our planning meetings on Thursday nights beginning in Oct.
For yet a larger blessing:
volunteer to buy some drinks, make some cakes or heat up a pan of corn, green beans or mashed potatoes.


For an even larger blessing:
come and help that day.  It takes a large number of people to work on the meal assembly lines, keeping the food hot and on the tables, and other odd jobs and clean-up.  Nobody who has ever come to help has regretted it and you can be home in time for your own Thanksgiving meal with your family.

For the largest possible blessing:
Come and deliver some meals on Thanksgiving Day.  You not only get to help us with what we do but also to see why we do what we do.  You may run into the occasional freeloader, but overall you will receive far more from delivering the meals than even the people you deliver to.

About Our Organization
This meal outreach has been a popular way to spend Thanksgiving since 1993.
 
To learn more about us click here
Become a Volunteer
Visit this page to learn how you can help and to fill out a form to get in touch with us.
Service Opportunities
The planning for this event begins in early October and continues through November.
 
For a calendar of meeting times, deadlines and the day's event,
Subpages (1): Worker Evaluation
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