TOPEKA (KSNT) – it’s a meal that happens every year, for the last 48 years, the Topeka Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Nearly 3,000 Topekans got a hot meal this afternoon.
“I was looking forward.”
“Really excited to come, not only just for the eating and everything but to get together with friends.”
It takes a lot of time and preparation for all of this to happen.
“We begin actual preparations Monday morning the week of thanksgiving,” says Dwight Menke, the kitchen coordinator and has been a part of the dinner for almost 40 years. “We do probably about eight, nine hundred pounds sweet potatoes, about 600 pounds worth of green beans, probably six, eight hundred pounds of worth of dressing.”
Traci Dean, who came to enjoy the meal with her family says all their hard work is worth it, “it’s delicious, and my favorite part is the dressing, always.”
It’s a meal that officials weren’t sure they could serve everyone earlier this week.
“Topeka always brings in everything we need, the money, the help and the food. Every year,” says Myron Johnson, president of Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
Johnson says the reason they are able to do this every year, for almost 50 years is simple, “we don’t do it, Topeka does this.”
Volunteers also delivered about 1,400 meals throughout the city.