Union Station Feeds Homeless at ‘Dinner in the Park’

Hundreds of volunteers of all ages across Pasadena will gather on Thanksgiving to serve meals and cheer at Union Station Homeless Services’ annual “Dinner in the Park” on Nov. 23.
For more than 45 years, this beloved tradition has been a staple event for the Pasadena community during the holiday season. Volunteers help prepare and serve meals — including turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and pie — to all who are hungry at Pasadena’s Central Park on Thanksgiving.
Union Station Homeless Services expects to serve 2,000 plates of food this Thanksgiving. Meal recipients will include individuals and families experiencing homelessness or poverty, senior citizens and those who are alone for Thanksgiving or unable to afford a holiday meal.
“Union Station’s Dinner in the Park is one of my favorite events in Pasadena,” said John Brauer, CEO for Union Station Homeless Services. “It’s such a joy to experience the community coming together as one, feeding more than 2,000 people, and witnessing hundreds of volunteers — both young and old and everything in-between — cheerfully interacting and serving. If you haven’t been a part of this remarkable Thanksgiving event, I encourage you to join us for a day that I promise will be both eye-opening and uplifting. I truly love this community, and I am so grateful for the outpouring of love, food and fellowship!”
Dinner in the Park is a true community event and would not be possible without the support of community members and volunteers. For a complete listing of sponsors, visit the event webpage.
For those interested in volunteering, individuals and groups can register to volunteer on Union Station’s Dinner in the Park event webpage, which is now open for registration.
Community members are also invited to help Union Station collect the ingredients and kitchen supplies needed to prepare the Thanksgiving meal. Turkeys, hams and pies are the most needed items. The complete wish list of much-needed items is available on the event webpage. Donors may drop off these supplies at the Adult Center, located at 412 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena, throughout the month of November.
For more information, visit unionstationhs.org/dip.

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