By Julie Huss firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — DERRY — Area churches, schools and other organizations are hoping to feed many free of charge on Thanksgiving Day.
The Derry Community Meals Network will offer the meal on Nov. 22 at West Running Brook Middle School.
All are welcome to come enjoy a free feast. The Community Meals Network includes Community Caregivers of Greater Derry, West Running Brook School, Salvation Army, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, The Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Church of the Transfiguration, First Parish Church and Etz Hayem Synagogue.
It’s a mission to provide a meal along with fellowship.
Churches and other organizations take turns hosting free meals throughout the year as part of the network, including regular breakfasts, lunches and dinners. This is the first year the group is doing a Thanksgiving Day meal.
“We are hoping to serve a lot,” Network volunteer Mimi Cagle said
She is a member of Derry’s Church of the Transfiguration and said the group is hoping to serve as many as 200 to 300 people. There are two seatings planned, at 11:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.
People may want to come to the meal for various reasons.
Some may need help; others may need fellowship.
“Even if we feed a few people who are really needing the food,” Cagle said, “or if we feed people who really need the company.”
All Community Network groups are being asked to contribute a certain portion for the meal.
Donations and volunteers to help Thanksgiving Day are also needed.
Anyone who would like to attend the meal and those wishing to help can contact the Derry School District at sau10.org or call West Running Brook at 432-1250.