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Methodist and Catholic churches in town offer free meals community members can take to go

PMG FILE PHOTO - St. Cyril's Catholic Church in Wilsonville offers free Thanksgiving meals to the community annually. This year community members can pick up their meal to go.

Holding normal Thanksgiving festivities where the community shares holiday bounty just wasn't possible for two local churches this year.

However, Wilsonville United Methodist Church and St. Cyril's Catholic Church will still be working hard in the kitchen in the coming weeks, preparing meals community members can pick up.

Here's a rundown of what they're offering:

Wilsonville United Methodist Church

From 4 to 6 p.m. the Saturday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 21), the church on Wilsonville Road is offering free boxed Thanksgiving dinners to those who want them. The box will include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. The church is asking people to call ahead of time to reserve a meal.

"Our mission is to really reach out to the community and make sure everyone is taken care of," said Heather Toth, a church trustee. She added that the church has a passion for making sure people's needs are met and that they are fed.

Toth said food preparers will wear personal protective equipment and they plan to bring the meals to people's cars. Their goal is to hand out 100 meals. To order, call 503-682-0987.

St. Cyril's Catholic Church

Every year, St. Cyril's welcomes the community for a Thanksgiving feast at the church on Fifth Street. This year, they're hosting a meal dropoff where community members can receive turkey, gravy, dressing, potatoes, vegetables, cranberries, rolls and pie for free. The event will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26. They plan to hand out 125 to 150 meals and will provide leftovers to the homeless population.

"We want to do it because for one thing we figured if nothing else this year might be more of a need with people struggling with all of the different factors like the health care system affecting people, people out of work," said organizer Eileen Clarkson. "Having that meal we thought would be important if we could manage it. If we could follow the guidelines of the state and the archdiocese, we wanted to do it."

Clarkson said they will hand out food to people while they're in their cars and on foot but that people cannot eat or congregate on site and social distancing guidelines will be followed.


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