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Thanksgiving meals to be served in Ashland, Phoenix

Festive celebration roasted turkey with gravy for Thanksgiving or Christmas

Anyone in need of a Thanksgiving meal this week will be able to find a ready-to-eat or cook-it-yourself option out in the community or have it delivered to a prearranged location.

Uncle Food's Diner will serve about 100 free Thanksgiving meals Tuesday. Ashland Emergency Food Bank donated nine turkeys for the meals, said Elizabeth Hallett, director of Peace House.

“Many volunteers will be helping to assemble the meal bags for delivery to five usual locations we deliver to people on the streets of Ashland,” Hallett said.

Locations include the Oregon Department of Transportation weigh station at Highway 99 north and Valley View Road, Ashland Creek Park behind the skate park, Lithia Park Gazebo by the bandshell, The Grove at 1195 E. Main St., and the left side of Mistletoe Road and Tolman Creek Road.

Uncle Food’s has served more than 50,000 meals since the pandemic moved food service outdoors and the program “ramped up” from one to four days per week, Hallett said.

On Thursday, Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice will serve a free Thanksgiving Day meal from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ashland Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1650 Clark Ave.

Meals will also be delivered to daily meal drop points, and if transportation is a barrier, volunteer drivers will deliver meals to individual addresses.

Ashland City Councilor Tonya Graham prepared turkey and potatoes for the community meal last year and signed up to contribute this year as well, to ensure that on this food-centric holiday, community members who are struggling have what they need for a satisfying meal with the people they love, she said.

“This is a time of coming together as family and community,” Graham said. “The whole point is to make our community members feel cared about and to know that we are all ‘community’ together.”

“I encourage folks to contribute wherever they see the opportunity,” Graham said.

People interested in volunteering to help with setup, serving, delivery and cleanup, and those needing a meal delivered, can call Jason Houk at 541-841-8341. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed throughout the event.

Ashland Emergency Food Bank is offering Thanksgiving meal bags for Ashland and Talent residents who can cook at home, available for pickup Tuesday and Wednesday between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., according to AEFB Executive Director Isaak Oliansky. Meals include a turkey or ham, and other holiday favorites such as boxed stuffing, canned pumpkin puree and canned sweet potatoes.

On Thursday, Phoenix Community Kitchen will serve soup, bread and butter, and pumpkin crunch dessert to go on a first-come, first-served basis at 11:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 121 W. Second St., in Phoenix. At the site, Rogue Food Unites lunch and dinner meals are served every day at the same times.

Reach reporter Allayana Darrow at adarrow@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4497.