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Organizers are officially seeking donations and volunteers for the free sit-down dinner that provides a traditional feast to over 1,100 of our neighbors
October 29, 2019 (Paso Robles, CA) – Now in its 35th year, Thanksgiving for Paso Robles, is once again hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner to the community of Paso Robles, where over 250 volunteers help transform Centennial Park into a virtual restaurant that feeds upwards of 1,100 people.
The traditional sit-down dinner takes place at Centennial Park Activity Center on Thursday, November 28 from 12 – 2 p.m. This extraordinary event is made possible solely on donations and volunteers.
Thanksgiving for Paso Robles is now accepting monetary donations that are greatly needed. Volunteers assist with all activities that lead up to the dinner including set-up, food preparation, serving, delivery, and clean up. Volunteer sign-ups are underway.
Please visit the website, Thanksgiving for Paso Robles to donate, volunteer, or to sign-up to have a meal delivered.
In 1984, Thanksgiving for Paso Robles was born. It all started with a small holiday dinner at the Paso Robles Senior Center for 80 people who had nowhere to spend the holiday. The event has now grown into a true community effort servering over 1,100 men, women, and children at Centennial Park.
Each year the park is transformed into a large restaurant for a single day. The extensive menu includes roasted turkey, carved ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, bacon green beans, candied yams, dressing, cranberries, green salad, rolls, and a variety of freshly baked pies. The cooking of this homemade meal is made possible by the generous donation of the Paso Robles School District’s Culinary Arts Academy kitchen, Chef Brian Stein and scores of volunteers.nChef Brian, the owner of Stein’s BBQ & Catering Co., has been serving the Central Coast since 1981. In addition to the sit-down dinner, volunteers deliver meals to those who are homebound.
“Thanksgiving for Paso Robles is a true expression of our generous and giving community, bringing diverse people together to share a meal with one another,” says Dave Kudija, Director of the Steering Committee, who has been working with the non-profit for more than 25 years. “All are welcome, to attend and volunteer. It’s a lot of work, but it has been fulfilling to see so many work together to serve the Paso Robles community.”
New in 2019, Thanksgiving for Paso Robles will also be the Thanksgiving meal provider for the El Camino Homeless Organization. ECHO operates a safe and secure overnight 50-bed shelter to meet the immediate needs of families and individuals who have become homeless. With a unique residency program, clients are provided case management services to assist them in securing a job and finding permanent and sustainable housing. ECHO clients are taught life skills for employment, budgeting, health care management, and social interaction.
Monetary donations and volunteers are crucial to executing this massive undertaking each year. The funds for the annual dinner are raised exclusively from private donations by individuals, churches, students, and businesses.
In addition to the donation link above, checks can also be sent to Thanksgiving for Paso Robles, PO Box 662, Paso Robles, CA 93447.
Where: Centennial Park Activity Center
600 Nickerson Road, Paso Robles
When: Thursday, November 28, 2019
Hours: Noon – 2 p.m.
For more information, visit ThanksgivingForPasoRobles.com, email TgforPaso@gmail.com, or call (805) 239-4137.
Thanksgiving for Paso Robles is a 501-C-3 organization: FIN # 61-1495397