Holiday meals to be available on Thanksgiving
Tue, 11/15/2022 - 12:03pm caleb
Annual Crawford AuSable Free Thanksgiving Dinner – slated for November 24 – to offer homemade take-out and delivery food
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The 2022 Crawford AuSable Community Free Thanksgiving Dinner will offer homemade delivery and take-out holiday meals for residents of Crawford County on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24.
This year’s event – the 32nd Annual Crawford AuSable Thanksgiving Dinner – will offer the return of homemade meals and the return of take-out following a few years of having frozen entrees by delivery only because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Take-out and delivery meals will be distributed from Grayling High School instead of the Grayling Army Airfield as done in the past.
Patty Crandall, co-director of the Crawford AuSable Thanksgiving Dinner, said the Grayling Army Airfield is providing space for food preparation along with the high school this year, and the Crawford County Community Christian Help Center Food Pantry has also offered support for the event. Spartan Family Fare is providing the turkeys, Crandall said.
Dial-A-Ride, fire departments from Grayling and Beaver Creek Township, and citizen volunteers will be helping with the meal delivery effort, according to Crandall. Deliveries will be conducted from approximately 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the event, organizers said.
Crandall said the Wednesday part of the endeavor has enough staff, but the Thursday meal packing effort could use more volunteers. To serve as a volunteer during the Thanksgiving Dinner, come to Grayling High School at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Crandall said.
“Great place to get community service if you’re in school. Quite a few kids do that,” Crandall said.
People can request delivered meals by calling 989.387.3672 by noon on Wednesday, November 23. Leave your name, phone number, delivery address, city, number of meals needed, and any special instructions for delivery, organizers said. There is no cost to have a meal delivered.
To get a take-out meal, come to Grayling High School between noon and 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day; there is no need to call ahead to reserve take-out meals, organizers said.
Crandall said this year’s homemade meals will consist of cole slaw, cranberries, rolls with butter, pumpkin pie, green beans, corn pudding casserole, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy.
As of late last week, organizers had approximately 350 delivery meals reserved.
“We’re ready for 1,000,” Crandall said.
If anyone would like to contribute to the Crawford AuSable Thanksgiving Dinner effort, they can mail monetary donations to CATD, PO Box 247, Grayling, MI, 49738 (check payable to “CATD”).