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Meals on Wheels gears up for Thanksgiving

Fabrice Brucheu wheels a cart loaded with senior meals toward the freezer Monday at the Senior Meals center in East Spokane. The center is preparing to make its usual lunch meals for Thanksgiving Days Meals on Wheels delivery, which will include baked turkey. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Fabrice Brucheu wheels a cart loaded with senior meals toward the freezer Monday at the Senior Meals center in East Spokane. The center is preparing to make its usual lunch meals for Thanksgiving Days Meals on Wheels delivery, which will include baked turkey. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
By Amy Edelen The Spokesman-Review

Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels plans to serve more than 1,200 turkey dinners at its 12 Silver Cafe locations on Wednesday and through its home-based delivery program.

Meals on Wheels Executive Director Pam Alameida said the center, along with a group of volunteers, is gearing up for the holiday by preparing and packaging meals.

For home-delivered meals – which are free of charge – recipients must already be enrolled in the program and will receive a hot meal with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables and a dessert.

Alameida said the meals are a welcome surprise for homebound seniors during the holiday.

“Some don’t remember they are getting (the meal),” she said. “They are happy and very, very, grateful.”

For individuals older than 60 and not on the home-based delivery program, Thanksgiving meals will be served at all 12 Meals on Wheels Silver Cafe locations Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m. for a suggested donation of $3.85.

Alameida said there’s typically a large turnout for those Thanksgiving dinners served Wednesday.

“We have up to 100 people coming in at some locations, and some are smaller,” Alameida said.

Meals on Wheels also plans to provide Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners again this year – a tradition the nonprofit has continued for more than 19 years.

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