Nonprofit produces Thanksgiving banquet

November 26, 2014
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Annual Thanksgiving banquet draws a crowd
Thousands of guests fill DeVos Place for Mel Trotter’s annual Thanksgiving banquet. Courtesy Corriveau Photography

A nonprofit will feed thousands of people tomorrow.

It’s a busy time of year for Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids.

The nonprofit will host its 18th-annual Great Thanksgiving Banquet in Grand Rapids at DeVos Place.

Loads of food

The free banquet is expected to feed more than 2,000 Grand Rapids residents who need a warm meal and a place to be on Thanksgiving.

The event will feature loads of food and beverages: 1,500 pounds of turkey; 1,260 pounds of mashed potatoes; 50 gallons of gravy; 500 pies; and more than 200 gallons of coffee.

About 700 volunteers will work the event.

Doors to the event will open at 10:30 a.m., and a performance by the Amani Children’s Choir from Uganda will be at 11:30 a.m.

Mel Trotter said it has partnered with The Rapid to provide bus services for the event.

Retail turkey distribution

Earlier this week, Mel Trotter Ministries distributed Thanksgiving food boxes filled with traditional table dishes, including “a turkey with all the trimmings,” to more than 500 families through Mel Trotter’s thrift shops in Grand Rapids, Belding, Jenison and Sparta.

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