Thanksgiving dinners to be offered free of charge

MARQUETTE — As Thanksgiving approaches several establishments in Marquette County prepare to help those in need of company and a warm meal during the holiday.

Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill, Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly and Bethel Lutheran Church are among the organizations offering traditional Thanksgiving meals, free of charge, to anyone who shows up on Thanksgiving day.

From noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aubree’s, at 227 W. Washington St. in Marquette, will serve all of the traditional Thanksgiving foods — roasted turkey, stuffing, three-bean casserole, candied yams, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread, salad and pumpkin pie.

In a press release issued last week, Bryan French with Aubree’s said, “Everyone is invited to be part of the Aubree’s family this Thanksgiving. And the reason is simple — we want to feed those in our community who are battling hunger. We also want to provide a gathering place for those who don’t have anyone with which to share the holiday meal or for those who simply want to celebrate with their neighbors.”

This is the second year Aubree’s has offered a free Thanksgiving meal.

“Last Thanksgiving was a huge success and we are so excited to continue this great tradition,” French said. “We believe in giving back to our community and we look forward to providing good food and good company for our neighbors.”

Randy Greiner, program manager of Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly’s Marquette chapter said the organization has served holiday dinners since 2013. Greiner said the amount of people who show up “gets bigger and bigger every year.”

This year’s meal will be provided at St. Christopher Catholic Church, located at 237 Badger St. in Marquette. The meals will be served at 1 p.m.

Greiner said the organization will serve about 200 people. The organization also provides free meals on Christmas and Easter day.

“We try to make it a family-type atmosphere,” Greiner said.

He also added that the experience will be similar to a dine-in restaurant because volunteers will be “serving” the food and will also provide take-out services, such as delivery. Musical entertainment will also be provided.

Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly in Marquette is also currently looking for more volunteers during the holiday.

“We could use three or four cooks and (several) delivery drivers,” Greiner said.

Anyone interested in volunteering can call the office at 906-273-2575. Greiner said he will ask for the individuals’ emails and send them a direct link where they can sign-up for a position.

In addition, Bethel Lutheran Church on 333 East Ridge St. in Ishpeming will also provide free meals at noon on Thanksgiving day.

Donations are accepted and volunteers are needed, as well. To volunteer or for more information, call 906-485-5533.

Jaymie Depew can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is jdepew@miningjournal.net.

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