For those in Hopkinsville who would like to have Thanksgiving Dinner with friends are invited to the Annual Thanksgiving Public Dinner hosted by The Pioneers Incorporated. Hopkinsville resident, Hugh Northington, who has been a member of the Pioneers for 50 years, says the meal they prepare is for anyone.
The free dinner was started in 1985. It was designed to provide a dinner and family atmosphere to anyone who did not have a place to enjoy Thanksgiving. Northington says they target military, friends, people without families or anyone that wanted to have Thanksgiving with the Pioneers. He says they will deliver those meals, too.
Last year, the Pioneers prepared and served over 400 dinners to the community at no cost to the public. The Pioneers are located at 904 North Main Street in Hopkinsville. If you would like more information or arrange for a deliver, call 270-885-0825.
In Trigg County, the annual Community Thanksgiving Meal will be Thursday in Cadiz at the Cadiz Baptist Church Annex on Main Street. Mike Rust, with the Little River Baptist Association, says that although the free meal is good for people in need, that's not the reason behind it.
Rust says that although meal deliveries are all pre-scheduled, there's no need to call ahead to have a meal on-site.
The meal has grown over the past few years, from serving just over 200 people the first year to more than 600 last year. Rust says the request for deliveries has been down a little this year, but they're ready to serve just as many meals.
He says anyone who comes in for lunch is welcome to help settle an ongoing debate.
Rust says they still need volunteers to serve and deliver meals and for cleanup Thursday afternoon. Deliveries will start around 10 am. Cleanup will begin after 1:00 pm. The Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be served Thursday from 11 am to 1:00 pm at the Cadiz Baptist Church Annex.