The St. Cloud Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting its Community Thanksgiving lunch at the St. Cloud Community Center Saturday.
This annual event provides an opportunity for members of the community and city employees and their families to gather to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal together.
Parks and Recreation is sponsoring the event and is providing a menu of turkey, ham, green beans, mashed potatoes with gravy, and rolls.
Rounding out the meal is dessert donated by Publix Supermarkets. Guests may also contribute their own family favorites to the meal. “We have a table for people to bring their favorite dish and put it on the “share table” so that everyone can taste it,” said Amanda Evers, special events and recreation supervisor for the St. Cloud Parks and Recreation Department.
The Osceola County Schools Nutrition Association will be preparing the meal, and St. Cloud City Council members, Mayor Nathan Blackwell, Deputy Mayor, Linette Matheny, Chuck Cooper, Dave Askew and Keith Trace will be serving the guests.
Local businesses, including Kisselback Ford, Pet Supermarket, Duke’s Brewhouse and Crabby Bill’s have donated items to be given away as prizes for the event’s raffle. Evers said that there will also be music and homemade centerpieces crafted by Parks and Recreation employees.
Guests of this free event are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate (i.e. canned goods) to the St. Cloud Community Pantry.
The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization will then collect the donated items to distribute to others in furtherance of its stated mission of reducing hunger in the St. Cloud community by providing food to local residents in need. (www.stcloudpantry.org)
Parks and Recreation event planners are preparing for and expecting about 300 guests. To spread the word about this Thanksgiving gathering throughout the community, Parks and Recreation is promoting it through social media and with flyers they are distributing to local churches, community homes, and assisted living facilities.
“It will be a nice thing for the community. We always like to give back when we can,” said Evers.