LEIPSIC — Leipsic Community Center celebrated Thanksgiving early Thursday night by hosting a community meal.
The center holds a free community meal open to the public the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
The meal was started by Leipsic United Methodist Church seven years ago and then moved to Leipsic Community Center in 2017.
The menu Thursday night included turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing and pumpkin pie and was purchased using a grant from POET, an ethanol plant in Leipsic, and was attended by approximately 100 people.
“The church has a great outlook about coming together and helping out the community, and what a better time to be thankful during Thanksgiving and give back,” said Dana Schnipke, Leipsic Community Center program director. The food was served and purchased by members of Leipsic United Methodist Church, First Christian Church, St. Marys Church, Seeking Ministries and Nazarene Church.
She said the center typically serves 200 to 300 people during the community meals.
“We hope the community is able to share in fellowship not only between each other and the community members and brighten each other’s holiday season,” Schnipke said.
Local churches in Leipsic take turns serving and paying for food for the community meals each month. They use the center’s kitchen to cook and serve a sit-down meal in the gym.
Justine Dickey, of Leipsic, and her two sons, Bradyn Kuhbander, 10, and Gage Kuhbander, 4, both of Leipsic, enjoyed their meal together.
“We try to come to this meal when they have it and it’s fun to see the senior citizens who come here and meet up,” Dickey said.
Dort Niese, St. Marys Church member, worked with another volunteer to put whipped cream on top of pumpkin pie.
“We like to have camaraderie and help each other out,” Niese said.
Leipsic Community Center also offers a Warm Up Wednesday donation only soup meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center that is new this year.
“We started this in October to see how it would go and will offer this during the winter months,” Schnipke said. The center’s staff members take turns donating soup for the lunch.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.