Brainerd Area News

No Need To Be Alone Or Hungry On Thanksgiving


Everyone is invited to the Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Brainerd American Legion, Thanksgiving Day from 11:30am until 2pm.

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner actually started quite a few years ago at the Brainerd Moose Lodge. After the Moose Lodge was gone, four local organizations came together to put on a community Thanksgiving meal. Those organizations, The Brainerd American Legion, The V.F.W., the Eagles Club and the Brainerd Elks Lodge, have been offering the Thanksgiving Dinner for a number of years now. The first year they hosted the meal, they served around 150 meals. This year, they are planning on serving around 750!  The participating organizations have pooled resources and volunteers, and received some very generous contributions from numerous area businesses and individuals, so that they can serve a full Thanksgiving dinner at no charge to anyone who wishes to stop by. To help defray the cost, free-will offerings are accepted.

They also deliver hundreds of Thanksgiving Dinners to those who cannot travel to the Brainerd American Legion. If you cannot travel, just call the Brainerd American Legion at 829-2249 by noon, Wednesday November 27th for delivery. Local law enforcement, the Brainerd Fire Department, and ambulance services, along with other community volunteers will deliver the Thanksgiving meal right to your door at no charge, although a free will offering will be accepted.

By the way, whether you dine at the American Legion or have your meal delivered, this is a full Thanksgiving meal, with turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, coleslaw, and cranberries. Beverages are also available at the Legion.

The food is cooked by an army of volunteers, and those who come to the Legion are served their meal at a table by volunteers from the community.

People come to the Brainerd American Legion on Thanksgiving for many reasons. Some can’t afford to buy a full meal, others are alone and just want to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal and be with others, some come with the whole family because they don’t want to cook. Whatever your reason might be, please come and enjoy the great food.

Any food that is left over will go to Adult and Teen Challenge, and the Salvation Army, and excess monetary donations go to the Salvation Army.

Keep in mind the event runs from 11:30am to 2:00pm this year, which are longer hours than in the past, and if you want dinner delivered, call 829-2249 by noon on Wednesday, November 27th.

Happy Thanksgiving