Christmas meals planned in central Maine for those in need

Christmas meals planned in central Maine for those in need

Pie fills the table as volunteers serve up ham, baked potatoes, steamed carrots and other foods during a Christmas meal at The Lighthouse at 38 College Ave. In Waterville in December 2022. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel file

AUGUSTA — Communities in central Maine have planned meals for people who may need help at a time when thousands are still without power.

South Congregational Parish Church in Augusta planned to offer a free curbside meal to anyone who might need it. The church will provide a full turkey dinner on Christmas Day, December 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at 9 Church St. The church has said that for those in the greater Augusta area who are unable to get there due to lack of transportation, dinner can be delivered to their homes if requested.

A similar service is planned in Winslow by Norman and Kim Lawrence, long-time Albion residents. The event, called “Central Maine Family Christmas Dinner,” has been running for 15 years and offers a feast at the Elks Lodge in Waterville.

“My husband and I once served as volunteers in Bangor,” Kim Lawrence said. “We wondered why we couldn’t do something similar in the Waterville area.”

This year, the location changed to Winslow Elementary School, she said. The menu offers a classic Christmas dinner with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and pies. She noted that local churches also contributed by donating dessert options. The event will be held from 11am to 2pm on Christmas Day.

The meal is scheduled to be served to about 1,000 people – taking into account the storm that hit Maine earlier this week, leaving many parts of the state without electricity.

“Dinner is important this year, especially since many people have lost energy and food has spoiled in the refrigerator, and many of them cannot cook,” Kim Lawrence said. “No one should spend Christmas dinner alone, so if you have a neighbor who doesn’t have a car, bring them along.”

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