Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner By the Schwalms and Friends

For over 20 years, Marjorie Schwalm has been serving meals on Thanksgiving for people in the community.

“I originated it and run it with my friends and family,” Schwalm said. “I buy the food, take the orders for deliveries.”

There is no cost to the recipient.

“All are welcome to come or we will deliver,” Schwalm said.  “We deliver to Meals on Wheels people, Cavalry Crossing Crossing and High-Rise apartments. Those that don’t have a way of comming to the lodge. We deliver. A lot of people help deliver. The most we’ve delivered is 300 people.”

Delivery starts at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving day, then the focus is on those who come to the Elks Lodge, 111 W. 19th to eat the dinner.



She said helpers show up on Thanksgiving morning and ask what they can do to help.


The Elks Lodge members smoke the turkeys and allow her to take over the lodge, to cook and serve the meal to those attending, she said.


Dinner is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


And they serve between 600-700 people every Thanksgiving.


Community Christian Church makes all the desserts for the dinner, Cthe hurch of God Holiness pays for all the rolls.

“It is truly a community effort,” she said.

For more information or to order a meal contact Schwalm at 620.223.1521.



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