Two local churches are making sure anyone in need can enjoy a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal.
The Corry Salvation Army will serve a free Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday, Nov. 24, and all are welcome.
Becky Carter has been with the Salvation Army for 32 years and is cooking the meal.
“I’m part of the woodwork here,” she said. “We’ve been doing this Thanksgiving meal for as long as I can remember.”
Carter is preparing turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, a vegetable, rolls and homemade pies.
The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to noon for those who would like to eat in. Takeout will be available from noon to 12:45 p.m., “Or for as long as food lasts,” Carter said.
The Salvation Army would like to have people call 814-664-7100 to give them a count so they know how much food to prepare. Leave a message if no one answers.
The Corry First Presbyterian Church took reservations for their free Thanksgiving meal through the 18th and are looking forward to serving 50 people.
Patti Cooney, one of the organizers, said this is the first year the church has done a dinner on Thanksgiving Day.
“A big component of having the meal on Thanksgiving Day was so people wouldn’t be alone on the holiday,” Cooney said. “People don’t just need food, they also need fellowship.”
The Presbyterian church served “Soup for the Soul” in previous years but had to quit because of Covid.
“We stopped serving the lunches during Covid and it just seemed like the right thing to do to provide a meal on Thanksgiving Day,” Cooney added.