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Mechanicsburg church offers free meals on Thanksgiving

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Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church on 300 E. Simpson St. held a drive-thru version for its annual turkey dinner from noon to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Jim Hutchinson said the church expected to feed about 300 to 350 people this year, aligning with the 325 people they were able to feed last year.

The drive-thru format worked, though he said it is a little more costly because of the packaging involved to get every meal to every person who needs it.

Volunteers take orders from those who drive up to the church and filled boxes with the requested sides and desserts, with choices of pies, cakes, sweet potatoes, corn and green beans.

Hutchinson said all the food is donated or arranged through vendors, and any food that is left over from the event will be donated to the Stop the Violence ministry in Harrisburg, which will distribute the food to those in need.

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