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Community Kitchen serves up Thanksgiving meals

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Pictured, from left, are Marley Moorhead, Natasha Welt and Shelly Lackey as they prepare grab-and-go Thanksgiving meals Thursday at the Community Kitchen. Volunteers at the Kitchen helped make and distribute the meals between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Alex Ross Photo)

People who showed up at the Community Kitchen Thursday were treated to a warm Thanksgiving meal.

Free grab-and-go meals consisting of turkey, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, a roll with butter, dessert and either water or soda, were prepared and distributed between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Kitchen, at 114 E. Bland St.

Meals were provided to all who came up to a pickup window near the Kitchen’s front entrance. Bill Cooper, president of Community Kitchen’s board of directors, said that by noon 150 meals had been given out.

Brad Ussery, director at the Community Kitchen, said the meals were paid for with a $1,000 donation from Richland Auto Group.

In past years when Community Kitchen has hosted such a meal, it has been on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. That tradition ended this year, at least temporarily, Ussery said, because he and his wife did not have anywhere else to go.

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“And then my wife said ‘let’s do it Thanksgiving Day,’” he said.

Since March, when cases of COVID-19 were first reported in New Mexico, Community Kitchen has gone from having on-site dining to requiring that people pickup their food and eat it elsewhere.

“Nobody eats inside anymore, we just serve it all out the window,” Cooper said.

He added the change might be permanent.

“This is much more efficient,” he said.

The pandemic and the public health orders issued by the state to limit spread of the virus presented challenges in putting on the meal.

Ussery said plans for the meal’s dessert hit a snag, when Sam’s Club temporarily closed its Roswell store, which is expected to reopen Dec. 2. The night before the closure was announced, Ussery had ordered cupcakes from Sam’s Club for the dinner.

However, cupcakes and cake rolls were donated to the Community Kitchen by the Albertsons Market on South Main Street, which was also temporarily closed but reopened on Wednesday.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301 or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.