Several area organizations will be offering free meals or food for the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 27 for those in need.
Alma Kiddie Kollege, a branch of Western Arkansas Child Development, will have a traditional holiday meal on Thanksgiving Day, free and open to the public, said Elizabeth Scudder, executive director for WACD.
"Volunteers prepare and serve the meal, and we even do deliveries for those who can’t get out," Scudder said.
Thanksgiving dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kiddie Kollege at 14 West Cherry Street in Alma.
Seniors and the disabled who cannot make it in for the meal can call ahead by at least one day to have the meal delivered, Scudder said.
Scudder said the WACD receives donations of money and food for the Thanksgiving dinner, allowing them to offer the meal for free to the entire community. This is the fifth year the childcare center has hosted the free meal, she said.
Last year about 450 were served on Thanksgiving, and the WACD also gave away free food boxes, Scudder said.
For more information or a delivery, call (866) 538-9223.
Gospel Rescue Mission in Van Buren also will provide a free meal on Thanksgiving Day for those in need.
Free meals are offered by the church weekday evenings and Sunday, but a Thanksgiving Day meal is also prepared each year, said Eddie Turner, director of Gospel Rescue Mission.
Mission staff and volunteers serve the meal beginning at around noon after a brief church service, Turner said. Those who wish to partake of the meal are not required to attend the service, he said.
"Everybody’s welcome, like always," Turner said.
The meal will be "turkey and dressing and all the other stuff that goes with it, just like you’d have at home," Turner said.
Food is donated to the organization through individuals, companies and school food drives.
"I never know for sure how many are going to be here, we just make a lot of food," Turner said. "I just hope we have enough to eat it all."
For more information, contact Turner at (479) 474-4163.
Farmer Food Bank at First Presbyterian Church in Van Buren and Alma Community Outreach will be giving away turkeys with food boxes the three days before Thanksgiving, said John Starks, director for Farmer Food Bank.
Both charity organizations will be collecting donation turkeys at the Walmart locations in Van Buren and Alma on Friday, Nov. 21 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those same turkeys will be given out to the needy the next week, Starks said.
Even those who already picked up a food box for the month can come by to get a turkey, Starks said. The turkeys will be given out until they are gone, he said.
Farmer Food Bank is located at 108 South 10 Street in Van Buren and Alma Community Outreach is at 117 Arkansas 162.
For more information, call Farmer Food Bank at (479) 474-2375 or Alma Community Outreach at (479) 414-9218.