“Dinner in the Park” has been bringing together the community to celebrate Thanksgiving over cooked celebratory meals for over 50 years now.
Organized by Union Station Homeless Services (Union Station Homeless Services) in Pasadena, the event started as a community potluck, where community members would bring food to Central Park and share it with their neighbors, according to Union Station Homeless Services President and CEO Anne Miskey.
“It was a wonderful event because it was really the community sharing their food.”
Eventually, the potluck had to stop due to safety reasons and the event’s focus shifted to making sure that people in need have access to a decent Thanksgiving meal.
Union Station is set for turkeys but still needs items on the agency’s Amazon wish list and money to buy supplies in bulk. Donate at unionstationhs.org
“This year, Union Station is celebrating our 50th anniversary, so it’s an extra special event,” said Miskey.
This year’s “Dinner in the Park” is scheduled for Wednesday, November 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Adult Center located at 412 S. Raymond Ave.
Over 4,000 meals will be served at the event, according to Miskey. No RSVP is necessary, and meals will be available while supplies last.
Union Station will distribute prepared Thanksgiving dinners for those who want to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal but do not have access to a kitchen or do not wish to cook.
Meanwhile, Miskey said Union Station Homeless Services will continue to work to get people housed, and encourage communities to step up and do the right thing by ensuring enough affordable housing for people.
Union Station Homeless Services also wants to continue raising awareness in communities about what it really takes to end homelessness.
Union Station Homeless Services is still in need of volunteers and donations for “Dinner in the Park.”
For more information on how to donate or volunteer, visit: https://unionstationhs.org/dinner-in-the-park-2023/