By Dan Newman
Times are tough, but the community always seems to come together during the holidays so everyone can enjoy a good meal.
If you don’t have the money or the resources for a family feed, the good news is the establishments listed below are serving free meals this Thanksgiving, and are open to the public. Some accept volunteers or donations, while others put on the feast by themselves. Contact each location directly for more information.
Most of these places have done this sort of thing for decades, and they ask nothing in return. They just want families to have a safe place to enjoy a good, traditional Thanksgiving meal every year.
This is the 48th annual meal served by First Presbyterian Church of Wausau. Others, such as Tri City Family Restaurant, offer the free meal for several hours, then charging for food later in the day.
Free Thanksgiving meal locations in the Wausau area:
Wednesday 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
202 Callon St., Wausau
Tri City Family Restaurant
Free meals served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, after 2 p.m. meals cost $7.99
525 Grand Ave., Schofield
Blue Willow Café
Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1111 4th ave Wausau WI 54401
First Presbyterian Church of Wausau
48th Annual Community Thanksgiving Meal
Thursday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
406 Grant St., Wausau
HOME DELIVERY reservations taken until 6 p.m. Nov. 21; call 715-302-2832
St Mary’s School
Thursday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
716 Market Street, Marathon City
Is your business or organization offering a free Thanksgiving meal? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to this list.