DENVER (KDVR) – This year, the Salvation Army prepared more Thanksgiving meals than in previous years, despite inflationary and pandemic.
At one point not too long ago, thousands of people would gather for a Thanksgiving meal at the Colorado Convention Center.
That changed all that. Now, they are being provided with Thanksgiving meals at various shelters.
FOX31 was at the Aloft Hotel as the Salvation Army and volunteers served meals at the building, which has been turned into a shelter during the pandemic.
More than 5,000 people received Thanksgiving Day meals from the Salvation Army, a partnership with King Soopers and Miss Betty’s Cooking.
Frank Perez, who is staying at the hotel, is grateful, saying he’s not sure he’ll have a meal over Thanksgiving.
“I probably won’t. I’ll probably be alone and buy me a hamburger or something, but this is the best thing here because you’re around people. You can understand that we all have a story, we all have problems,” said Perez.
Serving so many people has become more of a challenge.
The cost of a Thanksgiving dinner is up 14% this year. The price of a 16-pound turkey is up 21% from a year ago.
Despite soaring prices, the Salvation Army said King Soopers donated all the food.
“How they deal with it supply chain problems, I’m not sure. They blessed and made sure we had turkeys for this week,” said Richard Pease, Salvation Army Denver Metro Coordinator.
More than 3,330 pounds of turkey was served on Thursday, along with 700 pumpkin pies.
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