Eastside Community Ministries Gives Away 150 Thanksgiving Dinners

Local News Stories

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – While many are preparing for Thanksgiving dinner by heading to the grocery store this week, community members in need were presented with the opportunity to put a cost-free meal on their tables. Jamie Trout, with Eastside Community Ministries, says the organization distributed turkeys, vegetables, fruits, and all other food needed for a Thanksgiving feast to 150 families today.

“This is something that Eastside has been doing for quite some time and what we like to do is go through and help the families that come to our food pantry have a nice Thanksgiving meal at home. So, we reach out to the families that have children and we ask them if they’re in need; and if they are then they come in and register—and we’re able to help them with the turkey and all of the trimmings that they need for a Thanksgiving dinner.”

While produce for the program is secured through Mid-Ohio Foodbank and the Byron Saunders Foundation, 150 turkeys were purchased through donations made by community organizations—such as a 500 dollar contribution from the Mason Post Gage and Gavel Lodge #448 of Chandlersville. David Taylor, 18th Masonic District Deputy Grand Master, says the organization centers around bettering the community.

“We just figured it was a good place to put our money and appreciation for all they do and to help them with their endeavor for the holiday season. We serve to make each other better men and do a lot of good in our community and just make the world a better place to live in.”

Gage and Gavel Lodge #448 has donated 500 dollars to the Eastside Community Ministries Thanksgiving Dinner Program for the past two years.