In-person dining returns to Thank Meal

Reservations are required for those who wish to dine in the fellowship hall between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Delivery requests or curbside pick-up must be ordered by 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21.

Due to the COVID pandemic, the last time the Thank Meal was held in person was 2019 . Organizers invite guests to return to the Riverside United Methodist Church's fellowship hall this Thanksgiving Day. Hot meals may also be delivered to those in need or picked up curbside.
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The 40th annual Park Rapids Community Thank Meal will be held at Riverside United Methodist Church (RUMC) on Thanksgiving Day.

Reservations are required for those who wish to dine in the fellowship hall between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Leah Quinn and Krista Johnson, co-chairs of the event, want to focus on providing meals to people who are in need, such as those unable afford to purchase food, the homebound or those who are alone but wish to enjoy a meal in the company of others.

All meals are free of charge, but freewill donations cover ingredients and supplies for the Thank Meal.

All take-out and delivery meals must be ordered by 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21.


Arvig has donated a “turkey hotline” at 237-TRKY (8759) for volunteers to register and for the public to order meals. Hot meals will be delivered within a 15-mile radius of Park Rapids’ city limits. Curbside pick-up will be at RUMC at the gym door between 9-11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24.

"We could definitely use help with pies and donations this year, and we're always looking for volunteers," Quinn said. Either store-bought or homemade pies are welcome.

Organizers could use the community’s financial support. Donations may be sent to RUMC, P.O. Box 128, Park Rapids, MN 56470. Net proceeds are distributed to local charities.

For more information about volunteering, contact Quinn at 218-252-4196.

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Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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