Our Mission

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner Foundation strives to provide a warm and inviting meal for the Thanksgiving holiday to the community and surrounding area so no one need dine alone.

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Our History

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Topeka, Kansas is the longest running standalone community Thanksgiving Dinner served on Thanksgiving day each year. Having started in 1968, we aim to continue providing this wonderful service to our community for years to come.

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Looking for ways to help out?

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner wouldn't have lasted as long as it did without the generosity of kind souls in Topeka and throughout Northeast Kansas. Whether you'd like to volunteer with us on Thanksgiving Day or donate in other ways, we'd love to have your help!

Thanksgiving dinner is a time to come together

Considered one of the largest and longest-running community Thanksgiving dinners in the nation, the meal traces its roots to 1968, when Myron Johnson’s mother, Pauline, and the late Addie Spicher founded the dinner at the former East Topeka United Methodist Church.

The meal has moved to several different homes through the years, and has been in Ag Hall for a number of years.”

Big plans are in store for the 50th edition of the dinner next year, organizers said.

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