Community Thanksgiving dinner for 400 brings out Nashua's volunteer spirit
Nashua North culinary instructor Keith Klawes watches as his students prepare for Successful Living's annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Keith Manheck of Celebrations Distinctive Catering in Nashua will be preparing turkeys for the feast. Until recently, the Partnership’s staff members cooked the turkeys at home and drove them in for the dinner. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Nashua North culinary students Kayla Morrill and Jared Dube cut squash and peel potatoes while preparing for the Partnership for Successful Living’s 13th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
The Partnership for Successful Living will host the city's 13th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast at 45 High St. today from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 50 volunteers from all over the city will serve turkey and all the trimmings to a crowd who might otherwise have to take a pass on Thanksgiving.
As for the stuffing, Manheck said fresh ingredients are the key to success."Fresh herbs like sage add a wonderful flavor," he said. Fresh chopped vegetables such as peppers and onions are also a nice touch.
Although it's a lot of work, Manheck said there's also a lot of satisfaction.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to help and that's kind of what the holidays are about, being thankful," he said.