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Simon’s Soup Kitchen, Seaside Heights, to Host Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Volunteers serve meals at Simon's Soup Kitchen in Seaside Heights. (Faces of patrons have been blurred for privacy purposes.) (Photo: Simon's Soup Kitchen)

Volunteers serve meals at Simon’s Soup Kitchen in Seaside Heights. (Faces of patrons have been blurred for privacy purposes.) (Photo: Simon’s Soup Kitchen)

Simon’s Soup Kitchen, based at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Seaside Heights, has announced that it will continue to hold its annual free Thanksgiving Day dinner.

While a traditional dinner of turkey, stuffing, and all the fixings – along with plenty of pies – will greet guests, this year’s feast will be served as individual take-out style dinners due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. This special take-out dinner will take place on Thursday, Nov. 25 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Parish Center on Grant Avenue.

“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 traditions that are so much a part of the Thanksgiving holiday,” said John Salemi, Sr. Executive Director.

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This year’s special feast will be prepared and served by a smaller group of dedicated of volunteers than in the past due to social distancing requirements. Those attending will be asked to wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols.

“For many who can’t afford to prepare a meal of their own, this is an opportunity to receive a traditional Thanksgiving dinner,” 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 for especially this year as 2021 has been so hard on so many.”

The holiday dinner distribution will be in addition to the normal serving schedule of operating every Tuesday and Friday evening beginning at 5 p.m., from October through April.

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


For more information on Simon’s Soup Kitchen visit or call 732-270-5941.

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