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Silverthorne Community Dinner serves un- and under-employed

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SILVERTHORNE – Almost 20 volunteers gathered Sunday to turn 10 cases – 300 smoked turkey legs – into 200 pounds of smoked turkey. This meat will be frozen and used to feed people in the area through the Rotary’s weekly Tuesday community dinner.

Deborah Hage, the dinner’s coordinator, said she guesses it’s enough turkey to make three separate meals. She also noted that Chef Steve Nguyen of Keystone Conference Center made this happen – “Nguyen had done a dinner and ordered 1,000 turkey legs in preparation. He had 300 left because of lower attendance.”

Hage said the first turkey dinner will be held Sept. 22 – smoked turkey alfredo.

“This will last us a while,” she said. “We will use it, instead of having to buy meat, then we have something that we can make.”

Though summer attendance numbers are down for the Rotary dinner, Hage said the need is still very much there “because people are coming out of the woods. They’ve spent the summer homeless. But the majority of people we feed are not unemployed, they’re underemployed.”

“I think a lot of people have left the area,” Hage added, noting that during the winter she was serving 250 people. Now weekly serving numbers stand around 170 people.


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