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Thanksgiving plans changed? Here are options to share the feast

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If your family’s Thanksgiving plans have changed this year, there are options for putting the traditional feast on the table.

The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is serving the turkey and all the fixings to-go. The pandemic forced organizers to close the dining room, but meals will still be delivered.

Deliveries start at 10:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and carryout will be available from noon to 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 212 E. Wabash Ave.

Between 25-30 volunteers are being sought to prepare and deliver meals.

“We will begin this day of Thanksgiving a lot differently than any other year we have experienced,” meal chairpersons Mark and Sheila Zachary wrote in a letter to volunteers.

Call 765-376-4365 or 765-376-9624 to arrange a meal for pickup or delivery.

A local catering business is also bringing the Thanksgiving spread to the table.

The Juniper Spoon is offering customers Thanksgiving dinner bags with turkey and the fixings.

Meals can be prepared for groups of two or six. A “just the sides” option is available for families carving their own turkey. Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are also being offered.

Bags must be pre-ordered by Nov. 10 by going to www.thejuniperspoon.com/thanksgiving, where the menus are posted.

Customers will pick up their food from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving at Four Seasons Local Market 216 E. Main St. Delivery is available for an extra fee.

If there’s enough demand, the bags may return for Christmas, said Lali Hess, chef and owner.

The pandemic has forced caterers to rethink their operations. The Juniper Spoon launched a delivery service of prepared meals and created a “Spoon It Forward” program, allowing customers to purchase a bag of food and donate it to a family in need or give it to the Montgomery County Free Clinic, which identifies a recipient.

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