/ Modified nov 22, 2016 9:10 a.m.

Tucson Groups to Provide Thanksgiving Dinners

Dozen organizations hold events providing meals to those who can't afford them.

Elvira Thanksgiving Spot 1 (PHOTO: Mariana Dale, AZPM )

By Brooke Goldstein, AZPM Intern

Those in Tucson struggling with poverty or homelessness may find putting food on the table during the holiday season difficult, so a dozen or so local organizations will provide free Thanksgiving dinners to for those who cannot afford them.

Gospel Rescue Mission’s Suzanne Williams said the organization expects to serve 3,000 meals Wednesday, Nov. 23 thanks to many donors throughout the community.

“We want to make it a very pleasant experience, a holiday experience, a tremendously respectable experience for them,” Williams said.

People can also enjoy a taste of traditional thanksgiving foods at Iskashitaa Refugee Network’s potluck dinner Thursday, Nov. 24.

Executive Director Barbara Eiswerth said a variety locally grown foods will be provided.

“It brings people to the same table. It shares culture, language, religion, ethnicity, race – right across the dining room table,” Eiswerth said.

Thanksgiving Events in Tucson

Gospel Rescue Mission 2016 Thanksgiving Street Banquet

  • When: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m
  • Where: 707 W. Miracle Mile Rd.

Salvation Army Community Thanksgiving Dinner

  • When: Thursday, Nov. 24 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Where: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1145 E. Fort Lowell Road.

Iskashitaa Refugee Network

  • When: Thursday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Where: The Desert and Patio Courtyard Apartments, 1411 N. Alvernon Way.

Armory Park Event

  • When: Monday, Nov. 21 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Where: 221 S. 6th Ave.
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