Hungry on Thanksgiving? Head to the Eagle Lodge in Glenwood |

Hungry on Thanksgiving? Head to the Eagle Lodge in Glenwood

Eben Harrell
Aspen Times Staff Writer

While this Thanksgiving will be in part a day of thanks, there is a nonprofit organization in Glenwood Springs that will be intently focused on giving.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, a national nonprofit with a chapter in Glenwood, will be providing free Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for anyone who wants to stop by.

Volunteers at the Eagle Lodge, 312 Seventh Street, will start work at 3:30 a.m. to prepare the dinner. They will use approximately 18 turkeys, 140 pounds of potatoes, 24 16-ounce cans of cranberry sauce, 40 pounds of corn, 18 dozen rolls and 40 pumpkin pies.

“We are going to work hard to ensure that anyone ” families, homeless people, even the volunteers ” gets fed properly on Thanksgiving,” said Donna Matthews, auxiliary president.

The Eagles have been running a free Thanksgiving dinner in Glenwood since 1984. According to Matthews, it is the only free dinner offered on Thanksgiving day in the valley. The service usually attracts anywhere from 200 to 300 residents.

While anyone is welcome, the Eagles aim the dinner at poor and homeless residents, and volunteers will be scouring Glenwood to try to recruit local homeless people to the dinner.

“The slogan for the Order of Eagles is ‘people helping people,'” Matthews said. “Thanksgiving is a great opportunity for us to implement that policy.”

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