4 free, community-wide Thanksgiving meals this week


CULLMAN – Thanksgiving week is upon us, and, as usual, the Cullman community is stepping up in a big way. There are at least four community-wide meals around the area, and they are all free. So, if you are looking for somewhere to spend Thanksgiving, either to eat, volunteer or both, or if you know someone in need, here are some great options.

Happy Thanksgiving!


City of Good Hope 9th Annual Community Thanksgiving Meal

When: Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 11 a.m.

Where: Good Hope High School lunchroom; 210 Good Hope School Road, Good Hope

The City of Good Hope will host its ninth annual Community Thanksgiving Meal on Wednesday, Nov. 22, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Good Hope High School lunchroom.

Guests may dine in or carry out. Invite family, friends or someone in need. Pick up plates for employees, elderly, family or friends. There is a five-plate maximum per car for take-outs.

This is a nonprofit event made possible by donations and volunteer workers.

For more information, call Good Hope City Hall at 256-739-3757.


4th Annual Gold Ridge Community Thanksgiving Dinner and Great Dressing Cookoff

When: Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 2-8 p.m.

Where: Gold Ridge Community Center; 5225 County Road 1545, Cullman

This free Thanksgiving dinner is for anybody and everybody to come and enjoy a full meal with the community. Those from outside the Gold Ridge community are also welcome. Carry-out plates will be available as well.

This year’s dinner will also have a twist: The Great Dressing Cookoff. Those who want to compete should have their dressing to the community center by 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Said Rachel Bryant, of nonprofit Karma in Cullman, “The cookoff is part of our efforts to get community involvement with the Gold Ridge Community Thanksgiving Dinner that we are assisting Myra Walker with (This is her project…). We fed nearly 500 people last year, which was about 40 large pans of dressing, so trying to help take some weight off of Myra and our staff we thought it would be fun to do a dressing cookoff…We will have some special judges coming out, and we will be giving prizes to the winner and runners-up.

Continued Bryant, “It started off as a joke with Big D on the radio show and it turned into an awesome way to get the community involved with helping feed residents of Cullman County a hot Thanksgiving meal who otherwise might not have one.”

From 1-7 p.m., a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) outreach coordinator from the Food Bank of North Alabama will be available to help sign up families who might need food assistance.

From 1-5 p.m. Karma in Cullman will also be on-site, taking applications from families who might need help over the Christmas holidays.


24th Annual Grover Reeves Community Thanksgiving Day Meal

When: Thursday, Nov. 23 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Christ Hall at St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church; 512 Second Ave. SE, Cullman

Sponsored by Cullman area churches.

Reservations for delivery required by noon Tuesday, walk-in diners on Thursday do not require reservations.

For information or reservations, call 256-734-0344.


Sardis Baptist Church 4th Annual Community Thanksgiving Meal

When: Thursday, Nov. 23 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Trimble Community Center; 7802 County Road 813, Cullman

From the church, “If you or someone you know would be blessed by a great Thanksgiving feast on Thanksgiving Day please stop by for the meal and/or let them know about this community meal.

“Plates can also be delivered, so message us (www.facebook.com/sardisbaptistcullman or 256-739-5300) with any names/addresses/contact info of people who don't normally have a Thanksgiving meal and we would love to be a blessing to them.

“No strings attached, a free and delicious Thanksgiving Meal just because people need to know they are loved.”


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