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November 18, 2010

Local eateries, charities offer free Thanksgiving dinner

To make sure everyone on the North Shore gets to share in Thanksgiving, several local restaurants, churches, nonprofits and fraternal organizations will serve free dinners on Thursday, Nov. 25.

A number of these entities are also asking for donations of food or money that will help them to serve those dinners, or for volunteers willing to share their time to make deliveries or clear tables.

The Moose Lodge, at 50 Grove St. in Salem, serves dinner on premises and also works with the Council on Aging to get free dinners to elderly citizens of Salem. Phil Boltas, Lodge administrator, welcomes anyone who needs a meal delivered to call 978-744-9708, but adds that it would help him if calls were placed by Nov. 22, when the lodge orders its food.

The Moose made 150 deliveries last year, and served a full turkey dinner to about 100 people at the Lodge.

Also in Salem, Tavern in the Square at 160 Washington St. will feed seniors, the homeless and families in need from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the second year the restaurant has served free Thanksgiving dinners, using donations from restaurant supplier U.S. Foodservice, and they have extended their invitation to dinner to citizens of Lynn and Peabody through city halls.

Restaurant staff will be donating their time, and anyone who would like to help them may call 978-740-2337.

Paula Diaz, coordinator at Haven from Hunger at 71 Wallace St. in Peabody, said they will be serving "a great spread" provided by Food Bank of Boston and prepared by Henry's Market in Beverly from noon to 2 p.m. Diaz said Haven has been serving free Thanksgiving dinners "off and on forever," and they "bag up the leftovers and give them to Meals on Wheels for people who can't make it in."

She said everyone is welcome. "No questions asked," Diaz said. "I don't care where they come from."

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