Thousands served hearty San Francisco Thanksgiving
A bronzed Thanksgiving turkey, still sizzling from an oven roasting,
awaits a good gobbling from thousands of low-income and homeless
San Franciscans in the dining halls
of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church.
By Elizabeth Daley, Bay City News Service
November 23, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - A line has already started to form
outside the St. Anthony Dinning Hall at 45 Jones St. as families,
seniors and the disabled prepare to 'get their eat on' this Thanksgiving
St. Anthony spokeswoman Lisa O'Neill says the dinning hall is
prepared to serve 4,800 pounds of turkey, 250 gallons of juice
and 1,250 pounds of yams and mashed potatoes to 3,500 hungry San
O'Neill said that for many of St. Anthony's guests, the Thanksgiving
Day feast may be their only meal of the day. That is why diners
are encouraged to eat more than once at the feast, which started
at 10:00 a.m. but does not end until everyone is served.
"Chefs have been cooking since last week," said O'Neill,
commenting on the variety and quantity of food they had prepared,
most of which will be served by volunteers.
St. Anthony spokeswoman Lisa O'Neill lends a hand in serving meals.
As many as 100 volunteers donated their time to feed our hungry.
Denise Lamott, spokeswoman for the Glide Memorial United Methodist
Church, said the church's dining hall with 150 seats is full,
with a line extending around the block. Lamott said Glide expects
to serve 6,000 guests and the food "certainly looks delicious."
According to O'Neill, many of the people served on Thanksgiving
Day are regulars at St. Anthony. "For some folks we are the
only family that they have so to be in a community in addition
to having the food is very enriching," said O'Neill.
Larry Hamilton, 51, with St. Anthony's volunteer John James, 32.
Hamilton reported his meal was excellent and praised James and
all the volunteers for their noble service to society.
When asked if she missed being with her own family this holiday,
O'Neill, who has spent past thanksgivings at St. Anthony's said,
"I guess it's always nice to be with your family, but I know
so many of the guests here, so my loved ones are here too. It's
a nice way to spend Thanksgiving. It doesn't feel like work."
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