There comes a lull in every Thanksgiving celebration when you plop down on the couch and let out a satisfied sigh.
The game is on and your team is winning. The kids are burning off their energy outside as they poke each other with sticks. You've already given thanks that Uncle Bobby didn't burn the house down when he deep-fried the turkey and you rub a belly filled with Aunt Georgina's "world-famous" chocolate pie.
But that's not always the reality for everyone. Some might be students who are a long way from home. Others might not have a home to go to. Moms and dads might have to forgo the expensive turkey dinner in order to buy Christmas presents. Some might not have money to buy any food at all.
Roughly one out of every six people in the United States struggles with hunger, and Denton is no exception. Luckily, there are a few places around the area where folks can go to get a free Thanksgiving meal on Thursday.
Calhoun Middle School will be the site of Denton's 31st Thanksgiving Community Banquet. The Village Church Denton coordinates the annual meal, which is open to all. Food will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria, on the east side of the school at 709 W. Congress St. The menu includes turkey, dressing, green beans, rolls and pumpkin pie. For more information, call 940-382-8888.
First United Methodist Church in Denton will also be serving food from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church, at 201 S. Locust St. For more information, call 940-382-5478.
To the south, residents can grab some grub at the 13th annual Thanksgiving Feast at First United Methodist Church of Lewisville. Volunteers will be serving meals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church, located at 907 W. Main St. in Lewisville. For more information, call 972-436-2533.
The Salvation Army, located at 1508 E. McKinney St., will continue to operate its soup kitchen throughout the week and serve dinner at 6:30 p.m., but it won't be traditional Thanksgiving food. For more information, call 940-566-3800.
Another Denton soup kitchen, Our Daily Bread, will be closed on Thanksgiving but will resume normal hours Friday. The organization operates out of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St., and serves free meals from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. It also serves dinner at 5:30 p.m. Mondays. For more information, call 940-382-5604.
CAITLYN JONES can be reached at 940-566-6862.
FEATURED PHOTO: Eveith Miller was very pleased with her Thanksgiving meal at the 28th annual Community Dinner at Calhoun Middle School in 2014. DRC file photo