Sena Nucaro, left, and her son, Isaiah Breeden, both of Port Angeles, enjoy a traditional holiday meal during Wednesday’s Thanksgiving Eve lunch at the Port Angeles Salvation Army. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Sena Nucaro, left, and her son, Isaiah Breeden, both of Port Angeles, enjoy a traditional holiday meal during Wednesday’s Thanksgiving Eve lunch at the Port Angeles Salvation Army. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Free public Thanksgiving meals offered on Peninsula

Reservation limit reached for Tri-Area luncheon

CHIMACUM — A free community Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m. today.

The free dinner can be picked up the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road.

The meals consist of roasted turkey, vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce, fresh rolls and dessert.

The limit has been reached on reservations, a voice mail recording said on Wednesday at 360-379-4228.

In Clallam County, the Salvation Army provided a free community meal on Wednesday in what serves as a preview of special feasts on the North Olympic Peninsula today.

Fifty-nine people, a number fewer than any in the past, showed up for the public luncheon at the Salvation Army church in Port Angeles.

“I feel bad for the folks who didn’t make it in. It was good,” said Major Ron Wehnau on Wednesday.

He and Major Barbara Wehnau said volunteers this year each made one of the sides, specializing in rolls or gravy or other dishes, so all was especially tasty this year.

“We have some really great volunteers,” Major Barbara Wehnau said.

With some 100 to 150 people expected, the Salvation Army has a lot of leftovers, which will all be used for future meals.

Nothing will go to waste, the Wehnaus said.

Reasons for the low turnout range from home-bound habits formed during COVID restrictions to the fact that other agencies are returning this year to offering free, public Thanksgiving meals.

A free public feast is planned at Queen of Angels Catholic Church from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

The free meal is in the church’s fellowship hall, 213 W. 11th St., Port Angeles.

Serenity House of Clallam County will host a Thanksgiving dinner at 4 p.m. today.

The gathering, which is open to the public, will be held in the shelter at 2321 W. 18th St., Port Angeles.

In Sequim, Hardy’s Market will offer free Thanksgiving meals of Biryani chicken and rice with pumpkin pie beginning at 11 a.m. today and continuing while supplies last.

The market is located at 10200 Old Olympic Highway.

Meals are for carry-out only.

In Forks, the Feeding the 5,000 offered a public meal on Tuesday.

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