The Salvation Army will host a public Thanksgiving meal this year on Thursday. Their main reason for hosting this dinner is to provide a Thanksgiving meal for local families and individuals who may not otherwise be able to afford it for themselves or their families. However, everyone is welcome.
The Salvation Army will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal that will include turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and much more. A lot of community effort goes into preparing for this event.
The turkeys are baked and deboned by local volunteers. The Marshalltown High School students bake the pumpkin pies and cube the bread for stuffing. Even Marshalltown's Hy-Vee and Walmart stores contribute to the event by donating paper goods such as plates, napkins, plastic silverware, cups and food.
The meal will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at The Salvation Army on State Street in Marshalltown. Everyone is welcome, and there is no cost to attend.
"Last year we had over 300 attend and served over 35 turkeys," said Diane Barker, a social worker at The Salvation Army. "It's a great community effort and a lot of fun for families. Everyone leaves happy and full."