Kendrick said the food bank helps to feed 20% of Monterey County year-round, and in 2016, 2,600 meals were served at the Thanksgiving event. Every week a different church volunteers to prepare and serve a hot meal. Keeping with tradition, Kennedy's is whipping up a Thanksgiving meal complete with turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean casserole, cranberries, dinner rolls, and pie. Three years ago, they began setting up a separate line for take-out meals, and, looking out at the crowd in the dining room, he said next year there might be three lines.
The church provided all your favorite Thanksgiving fixin's, thanks to donations from area businesses. "We have a lot of help from people in the community not just from our church, but from other churches and organizations and a lot of partnerships form to make this meal".
The Fordham United Methodist Church hosted a Thanksgiving meal for underprivileged community members.
"I think it was our biggest year", she said of the event that has been happening for 11 straight years. "We try to make it possible for those children to experience God's love by sharing the magic of Christmas with them".
"I enjoy it", he said. The meals are meant to be ordered and can either be picked up or delivered right to your door at no cost.
"Thanksgiving is the one holiday that everyone has in common, regardless of your faith or your religion, your spiritualness - whatever", she said. "I am always free on Thursday because my family has Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday", he said. This is the largest meal delivery effort in Florida on Thanksgiving Day.
No one knows for sure how long St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church has been hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for the local community, but for the dozens of volunteers involved, the holidays wouldn't be the same without it.
For Officer Word, it's his first time here and away from his family.
Lead cook Mr. John has been a part of the Salem Dinner for 16 years and does not plan on stopping.
Lisa Lynch, of Ashtabula, said she has been very blessed and volunteers, "Because it is the right thing to do".
Among those eating at the church was Crystal Woodson and her 3-year-old daughter Nariah Figueroa.
"It's all going well", she said.
It has become a popular event for the Concordia Lutheran youth as well.