Volunteers at the DECC prepare for Thanksgiving Buffet

By KBJR News 1

November 28, 2013 Updated Dec 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - With Thanksgiving tomorrow, preparations for the 24th annual Thanksgiving Buffet sponsored by St. Scholastica have been in full swing since the beginning of the week.

At least three-thousand people are expected to attend the Thanksgiving Buffet meal at the DECC with at least another one-thousand attending at satellite locations.

Meals are being prepared for up to 15-hundred meals to be delivered to people who can't make it to the Thanksgiving Buffet.
Meals will be delivered by volunteers with UPS, Gold Cross, and members of the 148th.

Nearly one-thousand volunteers help with the event and all of the food was either donated or purchased with donation money from the community.
A good portion of the vegetables are from local farmers and after the meal, not a scrap will go to waste.

"The food is given to Second Harvest early Friday morning and donated to area food banks." Said Jack Teske, long time volunteer and event coordinator.

There will also be entertainment for people to enjoy during their free meal.

"We want people to come and have a day of community and a day of spending time with other people and not a quick 'come and have your meal' and you're leaving. We want people to spend time with other people." Said Ruth Erdmann-Sluka, Thanksgiving Buffet Advisor.

All the turkey was donated by a single anonymous donor and it is literally a ton of turkey... 22-hundred pounds! There is also word that the man himself, Santa Claus, will be at the feast, sitting in his signature chair and posing for pictures.
All in the name of community gathering.

The Thanksgiving Buffet is open to everyone.
The event begins at 11 tomorrow and runs until four at the DECC.

Bryce Henry
bhenry@kbjr.com