Community Dinner to serve mostly ham this year due to bird flu

| November 17, 2015

COSHOCTON – The annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner at Coshocton High School will be making a change in food served this year. While turkey is always the center of a traditional Thanksgiving feast, due to the bird flu scare, the dinner will feature ham instead with only a little turkey.

“Our suppliers were not able to come through with the amount of turkeys we needed,” said Grant Fauver, principal at Coshocton High School. “But we will be serving all the other traditional fixings, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, and a pumpkin dessert.”

This year’s dinner will be Thursday, Nov. 19 in the high school cafeteria and food will be served in three shifts, one at 5:30 p.m., one at 6 p.m., and one at 6:30 p.m. This is the 12th annual dinner and all the food items have been donated, so there is no cost to attend the event. Approximately, 75 to 100 community volunteers including students, staff, and parents work the three shifts.

“It’s totally all volunteer and a way to give back to the community and show them how much we appreciate them,” said Fauver.

The dinner usually serves approximately 500 to 600 people annually. This year, the music department will be playing Holiday music during the dinner and afterward, the community is invited to stay for the high school fall play, “Around the World in 80 Days.”

Each year, the Community Dinner helps bring people together to kick off the upcoming holiday season and is a time for great food and fellowship.

“It’s such a great atmosphere,” said Fauver. “We seat you and serve you a warm meal. It gives you that sense of community. You look around the room and there’s laughter and smiles all around.”

Take-out is also available and can be reserved by calling the high school in advance at 740-622-9433.

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