DeLotelle said the plan is to have turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, gravy and mashed potatoes, with pumpkin muffins for dessert. The dinner will be frozen and in a container that can be put in a microwave or oven.
Miami Valley Meals culinary team will be creating these meals with the assistance of a few regular volunteers. The youth chefs of Lindy’s at Daybreak will be preparing dessert.
“Because of logistic issues with shipping and everything, we might have to tweak, you know, a gravy a different way or something like that,” DeLotelle said.
She added the meal, “will absolutely be Thanksgiving themed.”
The event is called Thanksgiving Turkey Takeaway.
Dr. Stephen Levitt, team member of the Feast of Giving, said the program is pleased that the meals can still be served to people. The Feast of Giving donated more than $59,000 to Miami Valley Meals for the event, he said.
Levitt said there was no practical and safe way to have around 10,000 people, which was the size of the event in 2019, gather in the Dayton Convention Center to eat during the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, he said he hopes to get Feast of Giving back in-person soon.
“We want one day to get back to the convention center, and have a community event, because it’s not just to feed indigent people,” Levitt said. “It’s to bring people from all over Dayton who want to celebrate the holiday with other Daytonians.”