20×25 lbs Turkeys, 200 lbs Mashed Potatoes, 400 Chicken Breasts, 1800 Dinner Rolls, 20 Gallons of Gravy, 75 lbs of Cranberry Sauce…. That is just some of what goes into preparing Thanksgiving dinner for over 650 people.
United Way North-Northwest (UWNNW) hosted its seventh annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner to help address community need during two events taking place on Tuesday, November 25th. A Thanksgiving luncheon was held at Glenkirk in Northbrook and a Thanksgiving dinner was served at Rosewood Restaurant in Rosemont. In total, almost 1,000 community members were served.
Poverty is increasing throughout the suburbs. Our region has experienced a 99% increase in poverty in the Chicago suburbs in the last 10 years. The Community Thanksgiving Dinner is just one way that United Way is addressing the growing needs in our suburban communities.
UWNNW works through several of their agency partners to help spread the word and extend the invitation to those looking for a place to celebrate Thanksgiving. Agencies include Catholic Charities, Palatine Opportunity Center, Orchard Village, District 69 in Skokie, District 62 in Des Plaines and the Village of Mount Prospect.
Families at the lunch and dinner also had the opportunity to receive winter coats and accessories. While the families enjoyed their meals, entertainment was be provided by Ray Silkman, an accomplished jazz saxophonist.
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