Free Thanksgiving meal set in Elkins
ELKINS — With COVID-19 possibly hindering families’ plans for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, area residents can still be thankful for the area churches and religious groups who come together each year at this time to lend a hand.
The Summit Church in conjunction with the Randolph Coalition of Christian Churches will once again host the free Feed The City Thanksgiving Meal at the Railyard Restaurant in downtown Elkins Thursday. The event will run from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and every one is welcome.
“I think that there is probably added need this year with everything that is going on,” said Jason Brandon, president of the Randolph Coalition of Christian Churches. “On an average year we feed about 500 people and it’s a beautiful feeling. No matter who you are, we do care.”
The Summit Church, First Church of Christ, Woodford Memorial United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church, Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, Elkins Family Worship Center, Otterbein United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church have all come together to make sure the event can happen.
“This is a time of need and this is the one thing that kind of pulls the churches together,” said Brandon, who is also the pastor of First Church of Christ. “Members of our congregation get together and enjoy the partnership the way that we feel the church should work. We should be able to come together a few times a year and do something for our community. This is a chance where we can reach out to show that we love our community.”
Brandon said that this is the fifth annual event he’s been a part of, including last year when the organization fed 500 people. He said they are planning for 700 this year despite the event being take-out only this Thanksgiving, due to COVID-19 precautions.
“Unfortunately this year everything has to be carry out,” said Brandon. “Usually every year we offer in-house dining as well as carry out, but that’s not an option this year. But we have a lot of food and we want people to come out.”