Gathering to give thanks
November 20, 2012
Sitting in front of a tray filed with turkey, gravy, stuffing and fresh cranberry sauce, Alex Magowan smiled. He attended Bread & Broth’s 24th annual Thanksgiving dinner in Grace Hall of St. Theresa Catholic Church for the first time Monday, praising both the food and the atmosphere. “It really hits the spot,” Magowan said. About 65 volunteers with the nonprofit, which feeds the hungry in South Lake Tahoe, served roughly 200 meals Monday, according to Bread & Broth Executive Director Diane Weidinger. Food Donation Coordinator Robert Strachan said Bread & Broth ordered 23 turkey breasts, 35 loaves of bread for the stuffing, 50 large cans of yams, 35 apple and pumpkin pies and 180 rolls for the meal. She estimated about 20 percent of the food came from donations, while the nonprofit purchased the remainder of the ingredients. The grand total amounted to well over $500, she said. Sandy Bobman, a weekly volunteer coordinator who has worked with Bread & Broth for the last seven years, said Monday that the community has always been very supportive of the program. Tables along the hall’s far wall were full of take-home bags packed with extra food for the holiday, and there were plenty of leftovers. Support didn’t just come in the form of donated food though. Cooks like Cherie Kagan started preparing food on Saturday and Sunday, arriving again at the hall Monday to finish cooking. “We provide a place for people who might not otherwise have a place to go. It’s like a party. You can turn the meal into something that’s a great gift. You see the same faces here. We have people living in motels or in the woods, and who have to decide between paying rent or paying for heat,” Kagan said. Forty-year South Lake Tahoe resident Mike Pickens said he’s dined at Bread & Broth’s Thanksgiving dinner three times and that he’s very grateful for the service the program provides. “I really like coming here to St. Theresa’s. It’s really good food. People come here from all walks of life. This is a really great place,” Pickens said.