Volunteers work to produce a free Thanksgiving dinner inside the Scott High School cafeteria in 2018.

MADISON — A host of volunteers will once again hold a community Thanksgiving dinner inside the Scott High School cafeteria on Nov. 28.

Thanks to the In Action Project, free dinners have been served in Madison, Chapmanville, Logan and Man and continue over a decade later.

Heather Marcum Jones is a co-founder of the project and, once again, a chief organizer.

“Four years ago we started making Scott High School a site for a dinner as well,” she said. “I work at (Boone Memorial Hospital) so I took on the challenge to bring it to Boone County.”

Donations come from multiple sources, but Boone Memorial Hospital and Logan Regional Medical Center are major sponsors that help the organization produce over 4,000 hot meals.

In the past, canned goods left over from the Boone County dinner have gone to Madison Baptist Church for its outreach work, and prepared leftover food from the dinner has been offered to the Heart of God Soup kitchen, which is affiliated with the Prayer Connection Lighthouse Church in Danville. New sources for leftover food are continuously added where there is a need.

“We have a core group of volunteers that we know are going to come and help every year,” she said. “Every year there are new people that show up that I’ve never met before and they find out about it through Facebook. Two years ago we had a group come down from Clay County to volunteer.”

The dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m.– 3 p.m. at three sites including; Chapmanville Middle School, Man Church of the Nazarene and Scott High School.  

For information about the dinner, volunteering and pick-up or delivery, contact Alison Taylor at 304-633-7277. Find the event on Facebook at “Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner.” Volunteers and dessert donations that are easily packaged are still needed. 

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.