No one should go hungry on Thanksgiving Day in the Brookings-Harbor area, as food will be in abundance.

In addition to the food boxes being distributed by Outreach Gospel Mission for people to prepare their own meals (see related story), dinners are being prepared and served by Community Kitchens, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Chetco Activity Center.

Community Kitchens

Community Kitchens serves free meals six days a week at a different location each day. Every Thursday, the lunch is served at Brookings Presbyterian Church, 540 Pacific Ave., and Thanksgiving Day will be no exception.

A full Thanksgiving turkey dinner will all the usual fare that goes with it will be served from noon to 1 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, church officials said.

As with any other day, meals are free and donations will be accepted.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

VFW Post 966 will be serving a dinner of turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberries, green beans, salad, rolls and butter, a variety of desserts and a drink.

The meal will be served from noon to 4 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 507 Pacific Ave., Brookings. The cost is $12 for youths and adults and $8 for children 12 and younger. The public is welcome to attend.

"Save the cooking and cleaning for someone else," said Wade Hatfield, post commander. "Come on out and visit with family and friends in a stress-free environment."

Chetco Activity Center

At the Chetco Activity Center, guests can sit down to a dinner of turkey or ham with all the traditional sides.

Adults can purchase their discounted tickets at the reception desk downstairs for just $10 each. If they walk in on Thanksgiving Day without a ticket, the price will be $13. Children 5-10 are welcome and they can have a meal for just $5 in advance; children younger than 5 eat for free. People may reserve an entire table for eight for $75.

Meals will also be offered to take home.

All work is contributed by volunteers from our community, including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and members of the Chetco Activity Center board, said Janice Scanlon, executive director.

Proceeds will go toward supporting the programs offered by the center for older adults in the Brookings area.