MUNCIE, Ind. − The Second Annual Concrete Rose and Charmed Cupcake Thanksgiving Feast is being hosted at the Soup Kitchen of Muncie on Thursday, Nov. 24, while the Muncie Mission is planning another major takeout, expected to serve about 900 people. people, for the holidays.
Additionally, Feed My Sheep, which has been creating great Thanksgiving food for the community for decades, will be distributing $25 grocery gift cards and Mrs. Wick’s Pies in the Muncie Central High School parking lot on Saturday as organizers plan return to community meals. in 2023.
Fear of spreading COVID prevented eating together at community parties, but the traditional gathering is slowing down and making a comeback. The Second Annual Thanksgiving Party, orchestrated by Concrete Rose, a nonprofit leadership and empowerment program, and downtown bakery Charmed Cupcake Co., will include dinner this year at the Soup Kitchen of Muncie, 920 E. Charles St.
Loretta Parsons, executive director of the soup kitchen, said her organization decided to allow organizers to use their kitchen and give soup kitchen staff the opportunity to spend the day at home with their families.
Parsons said the soup kitchen has only been allowing indoor dining since last month after relying on takeout. The soup kitchen was serving 164 meals a day in October, which is about 20 more than the meals it served before the pandemic began.
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The Community Thanksgiving Party will be from 11 am to 2 pm
In addition to dine-in, hot meals will be available for take-out and delivery. There will also be grab-and-go groceries available at the event and Wick’s Pies will also be served.
A post on Charmed Cupcake’s Facebook page Wednesday read: “All needs for the upcoming party have been met. If you’d still like to contribute, please bring canned goods and other non-perishable items to Charmed or other collection sites. We’ll be collecting all grocery bags starting next Monday. Any additional monetary donations will be used for groceries, hats and gloves.”
The post asked people to spread the word to anyone in need of a hot meal and groceries this Thanksgiving and said meal delivery requests can still be made via the following link: https:// www.eventcreate.com/e/give thanks22
Mission Muncie is also cooking a great Thanksgiving meal.
It’s all back out this year, said Bob Scott, vice president of mission development, as it has been since the pandemic.
At this point, the mission kitchen is used to organize the distribution effort of about 900 full-course traditional Thanksgiving meals. On Thursday morning, staff and volunteers will deliver meals on 25 routes throughout the area before opening the mission to the general public for Thanksgiving grab-and-go meals.
Grab-and-go meals will be available from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Mission, 1725 S. Liberty St. Last year, the mission served more than 800 meals on Thanksgiving Day, Scott said.
The operation is well prepared with volunteers this year, as for many helping feed the community through the mission has become a Thanksgiving tradition.
“They make this part of their vacation,” Scott said.
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Staff and volunteers will then turn their attention to a Christmas meal that Muncie Mission serves on the Sunday before Christmas, which will be December 18 of this year. That’s another takeout affair with about 600 to 700 meals being distributed and made available to people throughout the community.
Scott said it takes about three weeks to get the planning, food and people together to prepare one of the potlucks.
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Feed My Sheep traditionally fed area residents in the cafeteria at Muncie Central High School. It also plans to distribute groceries and Concannon Bakery gift baskets on Wednesday evening.
Lake said FMS plans to dine together as a community again next year.
Those seeking help can contact the group at fmsmuncie.org. The organization also needs contributions, which can be sent to PO Box 78, Yorktown, Ind. 47396.