People who might otherwise go without a traditional Thanksgiving dinner are invited to enjoy a free, home-cooked meal, thanks to the Pismo Beach Police Officers Association.

The Police Officers Association expects to dish up 2,000 pounds of turkey and 1,000 pounds of mashed potatoes in Pismo Beach on Wednesday during the group’s 27th annual community Thanksgiving dinner.

Hot meals will be served from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Pismo Beach Veterans Memorial Building, 780 Bello St.

To make sure everyone leaves the table full, the association, along with 150 volunteers, will prepare 15 cases of broccoli, 720 boxes of stuffing and 80 gallons of homemade gravy for the dinner.

Two hundred holiday pies and cakes, along with 3,000 dinner rolls, also are expected to be served during the traditional pre-holiday meal, organizers said.

Complete meals will be delivered to the homebound, who can call 704-0017 or 704-0030 between noon and 6 p.m. the day of the dinner for delivery.

Deliveries are free and only made in the Five Cities area. Do not call the Police Department to place orders.

Approximately 2,700 people — homeless persons, seniors, homebound individuals and anyone interested in a free, hot meal and dessert — received a turkey dinner and all the fixings during last year’s event.

Organizers are expecting to serve about the same number for this year’s

event that also features live entertainment throughout the day. In comparison, 300 meals were served at the first dinner more than two decades ago.

For many individuals, the annual turkey dinner has become their kickoff to the holiday season, and offers a great place to meet old and new friends from throughout the area, organizers said.

The dinner is supported through donations, which can be sent to the Police Officers Association at 1000 Bello St., Pismo Beach, CA 93449. Make checks payable to Pismo Beach POA.

The association also accepts donations of new blankets that are handed out at the dinner on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Sherry Lange at 773-7018 to donate or for more information about the event.

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