The Salvation Army opening its doors for Thanksgiving meals is a tradition. However this year there will be some changes due to the pandemic.
Starting at 11 Thanksgiving morning, their main location off Penn will be serving food in to-go containers. The inside of the building will be closed, and no one will be eating on the premises.
The Salvation Army has already done most of the prep work to get these meals already, volunteer services this year are extremely limited due to COVID-19. While they are happy to have the ability to still hand out meals, the Salvation Army says this year is difficult. This because the community fellowship that comes along with the meals won’t necessarily be there this time.
“We have especially older men, they don’t have anybody in town. So this was their opportunity to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving around others instead of isolating in their home,” said Susan Ellis from the Central Oklahoma Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army plans to give out around 300 meals this year to go. Anyone who needs a meal can stop between 11 and 1.