Volunteers prepare Thanksgiving Eve dinner for those experiencing homelessness in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – For three decades, volunteers have gone to the kitchen to prepare a special dinner for the Grand Rapids homeless community on Thanksgiving night.

Wholesaler HT Hackney partnered with Degage Ministries to provide around 200 meals for the homeless on Wednesday November 24th, which were served by the organization.

“It’s pretty much a very traditional, delicious Thanksgiving meal,” said Bob Kreter, Marketing Manager for Degage Ministries. “The kind we’d have at Grandma’s house.”

Dinner, scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., began with a prayer. The annual event was held at the shelter on 144 Division Ave. Volunteers started preparing for dinner early Wednesday afternoon.

“Tonight is all about fellowship and fellowship and about praising and thanking God for what we have,” said Kreter.

The event is one of the few free Thanksgiving meals on offer in town this week. Ellnora’s Kitchen served around 600 people meals Monday through Tuesday.

Similarly, Ellnora’s Kitchen serves up hundreds of free Thanksgiving meals for the Grand Rapids community

Mel Trotter Ministries’ free annual Thanksgiving meal is held on Thursdays from 11am to 1pm in the Ballroom at DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, instead. The organization expects to serve more than 1,500 people.

Mel Trotter is partnering with Cherry Health to offer a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at DeVos Place.

Related: Mel Trotter Ministries’ free annual Thanksgiving dinner that returns in person.

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