Annual Community Thanksgiving Meal continues to grow and thrive


O’FALLON – More than 225 meals were served at the third annual Community Thanksgiving Meal on Thursday. Event organizer Linda Benedick said everyone was very pleased with how this year’s meal came together.

“People were lined up outside before we could open the doors. We recevied so many donations from the community. From individuals, businesses, civic organizations. We’re so pleased. This meal definitely serves a need in the community,” said Benedick.

More than 260 pounds of turkey were served at the meal. Additionally, canned goods were given to patrons to take with them for later.

Benedick said she has so many people to thank, as the event is 100 percent volunteer organized and run. She especially wanted to thank Faith Lutheran Church for graciously allowing the Thanksgiving committee to use the church facilities.

In addition to the meal at the church, the Thanksgiving committee packed up and brought meals to the O’Fallon and Shiloh Police Stations for officers on duty. Extra canned goods were donated to the O’Fallon and Shiloh food pantries.

(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)