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Community Thanksgiving dinner asking for cash donations, waiting to accept food items

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Thanksgiving is three weeks away and the Community Thanksgiving Dinner Foundation is asking for donations. The Thanksgiving Community Dinner feeds 3,000 to 4,000 people each year.

This year, the foundation is asking for more cash donations. Foundation president David Braun said they plan to buy more food items than they normally would.

“We used to go to the fire stations every year and people dropped off a large majority of our non-perishable food,” Braun said. “This year we didn’t want to send a whole bunch of people to the fire station with the idea that COVID is still around and we don’t want to risk our firefighters.”

Cash donations are accepted at all Corefirst Bank and Trust locations or can be mailed to CTDF at PO BOX 432, Topeka, KS 66601.

Braun said they would still accept non-perishable food, but not until Thanksgiving week. Donations of non-perishable food can be dropped off at Ag Hall from November 22 to 24 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

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.

The Thanksgiving Community Dinner was canceled last year due to COVID-19. Instead, volunteers distributed 4,000 “Hungry Man” frozen meals. This year, Braun said they will cook hot and fresh meals, but they will not have a sit-down dinner.

“The onsite dining area is one of our biggest parts and the part that most of us enjoy the most, but we just had to take precautions,” Braun said. “It would be too much to try to separate and keep space for people in light of COVID. We just want to keep our community safe. “

Instead, volunteers will deliver meals to people’s homes. Braun said they plan to deliver 4,000 meals this year. There is a limit of one meal per person and four meals per household.

Those interested in having a meal delivered should call the meal hotline at (785) 422-8280 between November 5 and November 19 at 4:00 p.m. Make sure you provide your name, address, zip code and phone number as well as the number of meals you need.