BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Buffalo hosted it’s 10th annual Thanksgiving day dinner today.
The annual event is hosted by Orthodox Action, which is a ministry of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Dozens of people in need ate a Thanksgiving meal for free.
More than 350 meals were served with the help of 81 volunteers who spent the past couple of days preparing the food. Guests ate traditional Thanksgiving day foods like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie.
Each guest was also given a fleece blanket on their way out the door.
According to the Census Bureau a third of Buffalo’s residents are poor, so events like this one today at the Greek Orthodox Church really make a big difference for people who can’t afford Thanksgiving dinner.
“When it comes to Thanksgiving that is a non-religious holiday it’s an American holiday so everyone celebrates and it is really difficult and lonely when you are by yourself. It’s not easy for somebody to just walk in here on especially Thanksgiving because they know that they’re struggling and they may not be able to feed themselves and their family. And there might be some sense of embarrassment and shame on their part but that’s why we really stress the dignity and the respect,” said Mary Danakas, Orthodox Action Coordinator.
The church will be serving another free Thanksgiving day meal this Saturday. The ministry also hosts a soup kitchen at the church on the 2nd and last Saturday of every month.