The Salvation Army in Downtown Sacramento served at least 300 turkey dinners to the community this Thanksgiving.
The turkey dinners were served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and came with all the fixings like mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, stuffing, and sweet potatoes.
Salvation Army Captain Martin Ross said the tradition is a way for people to receive and for others to serve.
“We put a lot of love in the meal and we hope by sharing that, people will feel good, their bellies are full, and they’ll go out and share some love on the streets and wherever they come from,” Ross said. “Whether they’re a volunteer or a person receiving that meal cause they need it.”
At least 60 volunteers donated their time cooking, serving, and helping to clean up. Volunteer Monica Martin of South Sacramento said it was a special way to give back to her community.
“I don’t normally have the time to do it during, the like, working season, so giving back during the holiday season is like a warm feeling for me,” Martin said.
Ida Moore, 55, first visited the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving dinner meal when she was homeless about 10 years ago.
“Salvation Army is wonderful,” Moore said. “They’ve been good to me and my family ever since I was homeless.
At the time, she didn’t know where to go. Moore now has stable housing living with her daughter, but attends the Salvation Army dinner because everything the organization has done for her in the past.