A beautiful roasted turkey with glistening, caramel colored skin, sits on a platter surrounded by vegetables.
A beautiful roasted turkey with glistening, caramel colored skin, sits on a platter surrounded by vegetables.

A Riverside church Thursday will serve Thanksgiving meals to thousands of Riverside County residents, distributing hot plates throughout the Riverside metropolitan area, as well as providing dinners outside the house of worship.

“This is a meal for the homeless, senior citizens, families in need and those who will be home alone,” the Central Community Christian Fellowship said in a statement.

This Thanksgiving will mark the 35th year that the church has made meal deliveries available as part of its Thanksgiving Day Outreach.

In previous years, over 4,000 meals have been sent out, largely to Meals-on-Wheels recipients. However, during the coronavirus public health lockdowns of 2020, the church expanded service to many people who were out of work during the holiday period.

Delivery service generally begins mid-morning and concludes by early afternoon.

Volunteers retrieve hot plates from the church kitchen on Arlington Avenue and fan out into the city and surrounding communities.

On-site meal service at the church property will start late in the morning, with upwards of 500 people expected to attend. In 2020, on-site meal service was suspended when restrictions on public gatherings prevented volunteers from providing dinners inside or outside the fellowship hall.

Turkeys, along with stuffing, mashed potatoes and other trappings are made in the church kitchen, typically with help from a Riverside-based catering service.

“Everyone is invited to join in sharing Thanksgiving dinners together with our families from Central Community,” according to the church.

Additional information is also available at www.centralcommunity.com.

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