Volunteers serve meals at Simon's Soup Kitchen in Seaside Heights. (Photo: Simon's Soup Kitchen)
Volunteers serve meals at Simon’s Soup Kitchen in Seaside Heights. (Photo: Simon’s Soup Kitchen)

Regulars and new guests are welcome to a Thanksgiving feast this Thursday at Simon’s Soup Kitchen in Seaside Heights, located at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church on Grant Avenue.

The feast, which will include turkey, stuffing and “all the fixins,” plus a variety of pies for desert, will be prepared and served by a group of 25 dedicated local volunteers who often serve meals there.

“This is an opportunity for those who regularly come to our soup kitchen, as well as anyone else who would like to join us, to enjoy the food and fellowship that are so much a part of Thanksgiving,” said John Salemi, Sr., the soup kitchen’s executive director.

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“For many who can’t afford to prepare a meal of their own, this is an opportunity to share a traditional dinner with others,” said Salemi. “Each year, those who join us express their gratitude for such a hearty feast prepared by our volunteers. For each of us, it is a reminder of the many things for which we can be thankful.”

The special holiday dinner will be in addition to the normal serving schedule of the soup kitchen, which operates every Tuesday and Friday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. from October through April.

Since the start of Simon’s Soup Kitchen over 75,000 meals have been served in addition to toys for children during the Christmas season, the organization said.

“Everyone in need of a hot meal is welcome,” said Salemi.

The church is located at 100 Grant Avenue.