Thanksgiving dinner available throughout Mid-Ohio Valley

File Photo Williamstown residents Tom Rowell, 74, and Bruce Holmes, 69, enjoy the community Thanksgiving dinner hosted by American Legion Post 159 in Williamstown last year.

PARKERSBURG — Various organizations and churches will continue the annual Thanksgiving Day tradition of providing a free meal to community members on the holiday.

* The Parkersburg Salvation Army will hold its annual free Thanksgiving Day Dinner beginning at 11:30 a.m. today on Fifth Street in Parkersburg. The event will run until the food runs out or the people run out. The dinner is open to everyone.

No take-out meals will be provided this year, although deliveries to shut-ins are available by prior arrangement, Major Matthew Riley said.

Over 200 volunteers are expected to participate in the program at the Salvation Army, doing everything from cooking to serving to cleaning. There is always a need for more volunteers to deliver meals to shut-ins. Anyone interested in volunteering for service or for deliveries can contact the Salvation Army at 304-485-4529.

* The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from noon-1:30 p.m. today at Norwood United Methodist Church at the corner of Oakwood Avenue and Colegate Drive in Marietta.

File Photo Volunteer Michelle Jacobs helps serve food at last year’s Salvation Army dinner on Thanksgiving.

The menu will include choice of ham or turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, roll and pumpkin pie. To reserve a dinner or to have a dinner delivered call the church at 740-374-5606. There is a limit of six dinners per household for the delivery service. No take-out meals will be available, only dine-in and delivery. The dinner is free and available to any family or individual who wants to enjoy a hot traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

* For the tenth year in a row, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at 1400 Washington Ave. in Parkersburg will be holding its Community Thanksgiving dinner at the church beginning at noon today and continuing until the food is gone at the church’s Fellowship Hall.

* In Williamstown, American Legion General George Post 159 began hosting its annual Community Free Thanksgiving Dinner in 2004 and the tradition has continued every year.

Volunteers from the Post, the Auxiliary, Sons of American Legion and the community share the “reason for the season” by preparing and serving the free Thanksgiving buffet that is open to all members of Post 159 and residents of Williamstown School District. The meals are served from 1-4 p.m. today.

* In Waterford, Jukebox Pizza, at 650 Main St., will host its annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today.

The free community dinner was started by Jukebox Pizza owners Garrett and Becky Powers and has been continued by their son, Tyson Powers. Dinners can also be delivered to folks who may not be able to get to the pizzeria at 650 Main St. in Waterford.