SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Culinary students from Lane Community College (LCC) and other community members gathered in the kitchen on Saturday to prepare meals for the annual Whiteaker Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
Students and volunteers deboned 1500 pounds of Turkey and chopped veggies for the sides they will be serving.
Thursday will mark the 29th year organizers put together this event for the community.
John Ernst is a culinary student at LCC who has been serving for the past ten years.
"I first learned about the Whiteaker Dinner while I was at the culinary program years ago," said Ernst. "I had just gotten off the street and wanted to give back to my brothers and sisters who are still stuck out there."
The event is free and open to the public. The dinner will be held at the Whiteaker Community Head Start Center and food will be served at 11 a.m..
They are expecting to feed 2,000 people. Organizers said they will set up a thrift shop where people can shop for donations the community has provided. They said they will also give away gloves, flu shots, and free massages.
They are inviting anyone spending Thanksgiving away from home to stop by.