Community luncheon Gratefull returns for 2023

We have officially entered the season of Thanksgiving — fill your plate with community and gratefulness.

NOOGAtoday | A line of tables and residents sitting with plates of Thanksgiving classics downtown during the Gratefull luncheon.

All residents are invited to fill their plates and hearts at this annual event.

Photo provided by Claridy Communications

It’s time to prepare your calendars (and stomachs) for the return of Gratefull — a citywide community luncheon — on Thursday, Nov. 16.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., you can gather in the 200 block of E. MLK Boulevard to fill up plates with all your favorite Thanksgiving classics, and eat alongside other residents during this free event.

This potluck-style initiative began in 2014 by local nonprofit Causeway with a mission to bring folks from all backgrounds to share a meal at a table where there is a seat for everyone. The concept has since been adopted by other cities in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia.

Bonus: Attendees are encouraged to bring donation items for the Maclellan Shelter for Families — think: nonperishable food, coffee supplies, disposable tableware + hygienic supplies.

Want even more ways to be in the giving spirit? Volunteer for Gratefull or sign up as a sponsor + supporter via email.

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