Lima — Twelve months ago, food was plentiful, but fellowship was less than usual.
Both were plentiful this year as traditional free Thanksgiving dinners returned to downtown Lima with almost all their might.
Supper was mostly a drive-through incident at the time of the national health pandemic crisis of this time last year. Limited indoor seats were available. While the COVID-19 pandemic was still going on, the indoor seats were still in a socially remote environment this year, but there was once again a sense of friendly community.
Free community dinners have been a tradition in Lima for over 30 years. The annual dinner, initiated by the Chester Cary family in 1989, was held for 13 years by Jerry Lewis, owner of several McDonald’s restaurants throughout the region, until Lima Community Church took the lead role in the dinner four years ago. It was supervised.
Jonathan Barkey is the director of the 2021 Lima Community Church Thanksgiving Dinner.
“Last year we served about 2,300 to 2,500 dinners,” Barkey said. “We want to serve at least 3,000 people this year. And more people can eat this year. It’s a much more family feeling. Our hope is for people. It’s not just about providing free meals, it’s about fostering a community. “
Nome Russ, who lives in Lima, was one of the beneficiaries of Thursday’s supper. He comes over a dozen years every year.
“It’s good food, but it’s also a really fun company, even when you’re alone. The people here are very friendly. It’s encouraging,” Russ said.
About 250 volunteers and dozens of corporate sponsors make it possible to eat each year, according to Barkey. Some volunteers prepared for the event on Wednesday, others attended Thursday to help.
On Thursday morning, the cars were already lined up in more than two blocks outside the Civic Center, waiting for their turn in the drive-through lane and receiving a free holiday dinner. Hundreds of inhabitants come and go within the center, many with the courtesy of Procter & Gamble, a plastic bag containing hygiene products and laundry detergent, or a soft drink case provided by Coca-Cola. I was out with it.
Lima’s Michael Harvey sat in the center as dinner settled down. A bag of P & G products was sitting in front of him.
“I come every year for about eight years,” he said. “The food is delicious, the people are friendly, and the free items are nice. It’s all useful.”
Barkey praised Lima’s business community for continuing to provide support for its annual event.
“It’s just great,” he said.
Coca-Cola Bear made a surprise visit to this year’s Thanksgiving dinner at the Lima Civic Center.
Nome Russ, who lives in Lima, said Thursday’s free Thanksgiving dinner “reassured” that Lima still had a sense of community.
Michael Harvey enjoyed the food and dating offered at the annual free Thanksgiving dinner in Lima on Thursday.
On Thursday morning, the cars were already lined up in more than two blocks outside the Civic Center, waiting for their turn in the drive-through lane and receiving a free holiday dinner.
Thanksgiving dinner was served to the community at the Civic Center on Thanksgiving Day.
Community awareness is widespread at the annual supper.
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