Topeka Community Thanksgiving Dinner has Turkey


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Every year the capital comes together to make sure no one has to eat alone on Thanksgiving Day.

The community Thanksgiving dinner is a long-standing tradition in Topeka. Myron Johnson and his team of volunteers are already planning this year’s party at Ag Hall at the Stormont Vail Events Center.

Myron visited Eye on NE Kansas to share that after a few weeks of worrying, the team was able to get all the turkey they will need for the meal. They now rely on the community to meet other needs.

An important number to share with everyone: the meal delivery hotline. It opens Nov. 4, and people in need of meal delivery should call between that date and 4 p.m. Nov. 18 to get on the list. People must leave their name, address, postal code and telephone number, as well as the number of meals needed. There is a limit of one person and four per household. The number is 785-289-8538.

The volunteer registration website and phone numbers opened November 1. Volunteers are needed from November 21 to 24. People can sign up at or by calling 785-354-1744.

The diner is once again partnering with the Topeka Fire Station to collect donations of non-perishable food. Items needed include canned green beans, canned sweet potatoes, canned salad dressing, canned instant potatoes, canned jelly cranberry sauce, canned milk, canned chicken broth, white sugar and brown sugar. Topeka Fire Station will be collecting items Nov. 8-20.

Myron also said the costs of purchased perishables have increased this year. To help, people can bring cash to any Corefirst Bank & Trust; mail them to PO Box 432, Topeka, 66601; or send them via Venmo: @TopekaThanksgivingDinner


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