FAIRBURY, NE – Radio stations KUTT and KGMT are preparing to serve hundreds this Thursday at their annual Free Thanksgiving Meal at the Fairbury Elks Lodge.
The meal will be served from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursday. Takeout meals will be available, starting at 11:15.
The Free Thanksgiving Meal started in 2001 and has since become a staple for Fairbury and its surrounding communities.
“Meals on Wheels doesn’t deliver on Thanksgiving Day,” Nichole Scholl, the station’s promotions director said. “With our community being elderly, there were a lot of elderly people that didn’t have any place to on Thanksgiving Day. So, we decided to do the Free Thanksgiving Meal with those people in mind.”
Scholl says anywhere between 200-600 people are served each year, with higher attendance landing on years with pleasant weather.
Sunny skies are expected this Thanksgiving, with highs topping out near 60.
The meal includes a choice of either turkey or ham, along with mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry salad, a roll and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.
Donations will also be accepted on Thursday, with proceeds being divided equally between the Hope Crisis Center and the Blue Valley Food Pantry.
The station will also purchase coolers for donation, which will then go toward the Meals on Wheels program.
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