While most of the Treasure Valley and nation will be sitting down for a Thanksgiving meal this Thursday, a team of chefs and their students at the Centennial Job Corps in Nampa have circled Wednesday as their big day. That's when they'll be sending off a Thanksgiving banquet for thousands of men, women and children who normally don't know where their next meal will come from. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Centennial crew will be cooking holiday meals for nearly 9,000 of Idaho's neediest.
This will be the 14th year that the Centennial staff will be working with the Boise Rescue Mission to present Thanksgiving meals. This year, there will be two sites for sit-down meals: at the Cathedral of the Rockies on 11th Street in Boise (with meals scheduled for 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.) and the Nampa First Church of the Nazarene (with meals served from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.).
In addition to the banquets, food boxes, winter coats and shoes will be distributed to those in need.
The crew at Centennial told Citydesk that they expect to prepare approximately 300 turkeys, 5,000 beef tamales, a few tons of green beans, 40 industrial-sized pans of dressing and another 40 pans of homemade mashed potatoes. Eighty gallons of gravy will be on the side.