Thanksgiving Day is not just about spending time at home eating turkey and watching football for volunteers associated with St. Augustine Parish and Hunger Center. They will spend their holiday ensuring that others in need or who are alone will have a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.
The Thanksgiving meal has been a tradition at the parish and Hunger Center for 46 years. St. Augustine is located on West 14th Street in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. Volunteers expect to provide and serve more than 20,000 meals this year.
“The need is great, and our community is in need of food donations and for people to volunteer in order to serve as many as possible this Thanksgiving,” said Father Joseph McNulty, pastor of St. Augustine Parish.
A hot breakfast will be served 8-9 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning at the Hunger Center, 2486 W. 14th St., Cleveland. Volunteers will begin serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings at 11 a.m. Meals also will be delivered to St. Colman (West 65th Street), St. Andrew Kim (West 14th Street) and Mary Queen of Peace (Pearl Road) parishes, all located in Cleveland. In addition to providing meals at these parishes, 28 other hunger centers and nonprofit agencies have requested Thanksgiving meal deliveries to ensure homeless and homebound people will receive a Thanksgiving dinner.
Since this is such a big undertaking, many volunteers are needed to pack, serve and deliver the thousands of Thanksgiving meals. The parish also needs donations of turkeys and money to help provide for the less fortunate.
“We face a real difficulty in being able to provide this meal as we struggle to financially meet the daily needs of our Hunger Center, while at the same time trying to raise money for the Thanksgiving meal. We need your help,” Father McNulty said.
Despite these challenges, the Hunger Center still reaches out to anyone in need of a meal on Thanksgiving. To volunteer, request a meal delivery or for a ride to a facility that provides the holiday meal, call St. Augustine at 216-781-5530.
Monetary donations are appreciated, Father McNulty said. They can be delivered or mailed to St. Augustine Church, 2486 West 14th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44113.