For the second consecutive year, COVID-19 precautions have pushed the organizers of the 32nd Annual Thanksgiving Buffet into a different model to safely serve the community.
Traditionally, the event has been held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, but this year, hundreds of volunteers will instead prepare and deliver approximately 5,000 meals the week of Thanksgiving. The traditional Thanksgiving meal will come with roasted turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, corn, dinner rolls and dessert. All meals will be fully cooked and delivered in individual-serving containers.
All meals will be provided for free thanks to the College of St. Scholastica, donors and community supporters.
Individuals and families can access meals in two ways:
For homebound individuals in Duluth, Superior, Two Harbors, Hermantown, Esko and Cloquet areas, meals can be requested for themselves and their caregiver. Individuals who need a meal delivered to their home must call 218-723-6484 to reserve their meal. Requests must be received by noon Friday, Nov. 19. Due to the volume of requests, organizers ask that only those who are truly homebound request a meal. The team of volunteers will deliver approximately 1,600 meals on Thanksgiving morning.
For the greater community, meals will be available for pickup Thanksgiving Day. The meals are for anyone in need and allocation is based on an honor system. These meals can be picked up at one of the six area satellite locations Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon:
- Duluth Harbor Mission, 2910 W. Third St., Duluth.
- Damiano, 206 W. Fourth St, Duluth.
- Mission Creek Church, 521 131st Ave. W., Duluth.
- First United Methodist Church, 230 E. Skyline Parkway, Duluth.
- Peace in Christ Church, 5007 Maple Grove Road, Hermantown.
Volunteer Services of Carlton County, 199 Chestnut Ave., Carlton.
Donations for the dinner can be made online at css.edu/thanksgiving or can be mailed to the College of St. Scholastica, attn: Thanksgiving Buffet, 1200 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, MN 55811.
Volunteers are also needed to fill the 5,000 containers. To sign up to volunteer, visit css.edu/thanskgiving to register for open positions for Monday through Thursday.