Community groups dish out Thanksgiving dinner in Morro Bay, Pismo Beach

clambert@thetribunenews.comNovember 19, 2012 

Boy Scout Carter Elder, 8, picks up some pie to go with his meal at the 2011 Pismo Beach Police Officers Association's Thanksgiving dinner at the Pismo Beach Veterans Hall.

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Thousands of local residents will be able to enjoy a free Thanksgiving meal this week in numerous areas of San Luis Obispo County, including Morro Bay and Pismo Beach.

One of the larger events will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Pismo Beach Veterans Hall, when officers with the Pismo Beach Police Officers Association hold their 29thannual Thanksgiving dinner.

Dozens of police officers and other volunteers come together each year to cook and serve “as close to a home-cooked meal as folks can get one day a year,” said police Cmdr. Jake Miller.

Volunteers at last year’s dinner served about 2,900 meals, including about 600 delivered to people at their homes in the Five Cities area.

To prepare for the feast, police union members have bought about 2,300 pounds of turkey, 25 cases of broccoli and 360 boxes of stuffing. They plan to prepare 3,000 servings of mashed potatoes with about 20 to 30 gallons of homemade gravy.

“It’s a day that we get to be with the community,” Miller said. “Hopefully folks enjoy it and it helps kick off their season or it helps them for the day.”

Residents in the Morro Bay area will be able to enjoy a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day, thanks to the Morro Bay Peace Officers’ Association, the Rotary Club of Morro Bay and numerous other businesses and community volunteers.

In past years, the Morro Bay dinner has fed about 600 people, said police Cmdr. Bryan Millard. Local Boy Scouts will serve meals at the 15th annual event, which takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Morro Bay Community Center..

Holding the dinner on Thanksgiving Day adds special significance, Millard said.

“Even if you’ve got the resources and don’t want to cook, show up and get a meal,” he said. “It’s a fellowship for the community.”

For more information about Wednesday’s Pismo Beach event, call 235-4787 or 235-4294.

Call 772-6284 for details about Thursday’s Morro Bay dinner.

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