A traditional thanksgiving meal with turkey and stuffing. Photo by Marcus Quigmire via Wikimedia Commons

The Salvation Army is hosting a special dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. in San Diego.

A traditional meal will be served to close to 1,300 hungry guests on tables draped in linen tablecloths while they are entertained by The Salvation Army brass band. The guests will include struggling working families, single parents, homeless, seniors and others in need of a hot meal and fellowship. The event takes place at  Golden Hall at 202 C St., San Diego.

Guests will begin arriving at 9 a.m., doors open at 11:30 a.m., dinner will be served at 12:15 p.m. and the event will end around 1 p.m.

The Army is preparing a traditional turkey dinner including:

  • 300 pounds of turkey
  • 300 pounds of dressing
  • 320 pounds of mashed potatoes with 37 gallons of gravy
  • 150 pumpkin pies
  • 140 pounds of cranberry sauceThe Salvation Army has been serving anyone looking for a warm meal and great company since 1887. Philanthropist Joan Kroc brought this tradition to Golden Hall in 1983, sponsoring a large community dinner to make sure that no one would spend the holiday alone.