Mt. Shasta's annual Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner held in City Park is a tradition that started more than 30 years ago.

The meal is funded almost solely by donations from south Siskiyou County area residents and run completely by volunteers.

Organizers say the meal is still in need of funds, and no amount is too small to donate.

Checks can be sent to: Thanksgiving Meal, C/O POB 443, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067 or if you want to drop off cash, call Dawn at 926-1762

Dozens of people are needed to prepare and serve food, set up the space, clean up, wash dishes etc. Volunteers are needed on Wednesday and Thursday (as well as the days before the meal for shopping). Turkey cooks are also needed.

This year volunteers are asked to use the website at to sign up.

If you have volunteered before and want the same job this year, or if you don’t want to sign up online, contact Glenn Harvey at 530-925-9287 or email him at

Someone will also be at the Mount Shasta library Nov. 20 and 21 to do the computer entry for volunteers.

Last year the Dinner fed approximately 1,000 Siskiyou County residents free of charge, including many who are homebound and alone. A large percentage of the people who are fed at the park are elderly and/or people who are away from their families during the holiday. The rest are people who simply enjoy breaking bread with their neighbors.

In addition to a hot meal, last year organizers gave away 200 bags of groceries. Also given away were gently used warm clothing and shoes to men, women and children who needed them.