Newarkers who don't have anywhere else to go on Thanksgiving, or those who simply want to enjoy the holiday with the camaraderie of their neighbors, have two options on Thursday.
On Thanksgiving morning, the Newark Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual community breakfast, which is set for 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the George Wilson Center, 303 New London Road.
Admission to the breakfast is $6 at the door and includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, coffee, juice and tea. Those 60 and older are admitted for free. Call 302-366-7000 for reservations.
The event began 33 years ago as a way to serve University of Delaware students who couldn’t make it home for the holidays. While it still draws some students, particularly from the burgeoning population of international students, it has morphed into a community event that draws many of the same families year after year.
“It’s a great community event and a way to start the holiday,” Recreation Supervisor Tyler DeBruin, said during a previous year's breakfast. “For me, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the community breakfast.”
Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods to donate to the Food Bank of Delaware.
Later in the day, Ogletown Baptist Church will host a free Thanksgiving dinner for anyone in the community who is interested. The event is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, located at 316 Red Mill Road.
Last year, the church served more than 1,500 meals.
Call 302-737-2511 to make a reservation. Transportation is available from Hope Dining Room, Newark Senior Center, the Morris Library and the Innternational House.
“If people call and need a meal, we’ll find a way to get it to them,” organizer Goodwin Cobb IV explained during a previous year's event. “This might be someone’s only meal today.”