Don’t miss out on a Thanksgiving meal; 3 free local events planned

Three local free community Thanksgiving meals serve more than hot turkey and trimmings this time of year. They also provide warm fellowship for those with nowhere else to go for a meal and those without family nearby.

But the dinners are open to all, no matter their circumstances, and are not based upon financial need. The schedule is as follows:

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the America and Roby Anderson Community Center, 421 McClure Road in Columbus, presented by the State Street Area Association. Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department staff and State Street Area Association volunteers will deliver meals during that time, according to organizers. Reserve home-delivered meals by calling United Way 2-1-1 of South Central Indiana at 812-376-6666. Organizers last year served or delivered 275 meals.

12:30 to 2 p.m. Nov. 23 at First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St. in Columbus, presented by First Christian, Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center and Fed Ex (delivering meals). Meal deliveries still can be reserved by calling First Christian at 812-379-4491 by 4 p.m. Monday. Organizers last year served 594 meals and said they are planning for about the same number this year.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 23 Feed the Flock event at Columbus Baptist Church. Reserve meals for home delivery by calling 812-371-1400 or 812-344-1794 by Nov. 22. The church has served about 600 people most years. Volunteers include those mostly from Columbus Baptist, but also from other churches and local residents.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.