MEDFORD, Ore. — Local churches, restaurants, and non-profits spent today cooking, cleaning, and getting ready to host community dinners on Thanksgiving.
The First Christian Church in Medford hosts a community dinner every Thursday, and says it expects about 150 people to attend its Thanksgiving dinner.
The church pastor says the congregation has hosted the dinner for several years as a way to help families who may be struggling.
“We see about 100 to 150 people every Thursday receiving food. The majority of those are at or below the poverty level. There are quite a few who are homeless,” said Alicia Speidel, the Pastor at First Christian Church.
Other Thanksgiving dinner options include a free community dinner at Cafe Dejuener in Medford, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In Grants Pass, the Gospel Rescue Mission will host a Thanksgiving dinner from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.