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Vehicles queue up for free turkey or pulled pork meals day before Thanksgiving

  • Members of the Charles City Cultural Equity Board who were taking turns running out meals to waiting vehicles wait for more of the boxed meals to be dished up at the drive-thru community meal offered by the group Wednesday afternoon at the Charles City Arts Center. Press photo by Bob Steenson

By Bob Steenson,

A long line of cars snaked around three sides of the Charles City Arts Center and down another block Wednesday afternoon as the Charles City Cultural Equity Board offered up a free community pre-Thanksgiving dinner.

The new group, dedicated to addressing equality issues, connecting people and celebrating cultural differences, provided meals of turkey or pulled pork and more in partnership with some local businesses and community agencies.

Melissa Clough, P4C, FMC Decat, & CPPC 7 county community coordinator, had said the event was to “help meet families’ needs and address a lot of issues with access to food that have come to CPPC and other community partners’ attention.”

“This is definitely going into our acts of kindness,” said board chairperson and AmeriCorps member Erica Chick Wednesday afternoon.

Vehicles were allowed one hot meal per person, up to four meals per vehicle, of a choice of turkey or pulled pork, plus macaroni and cheese, potato salad, pie or cake.

Participating businesses and organizations were Dave’s Restaurant, Pat’s BBQ & Randy’s Candy, Fareway, Hy-Vee, Charles City Arts Center, AmeriCorps APPC Iowa, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children and the Charles City Cultural Equity Board.