NewsLocal News


Salvation Army serves Thanksgiving meals to-go

Posted at 2:37 PM, Nov 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-26 20:55:35-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - For three decades, the Salvation Army has been serving Thanksgiving meals to those in need.

This year, it looks a bit different.

"Just because we have masks and social distancing, their needs haven't changed," said volunteer Elena Misner.

Misner says she volunteers on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"When I was starting out on my own, the Salvation Army helped me with classes, clothes, services," she said.

She says without that initial help, her life might look a lot different.

"When I got older I found this opportunity," Misner said. "I wanted to give back, so I gave back."

In 2020, giving back looks a little different.

For the past three decades, the Salvation Army has held large, family-style gatherings inside Golden Hall.

But a gathering of that size is not allowed under California and San Diego County COVID-19 guidelines.

So, a new idea.

"It's not inside at Golden Hall but outside with meals and kits to-go," said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer who was volunteering with meal distribution.

Just because it looks a little different doesn't mean the traditional meal needs to change.

To-go kits included turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans or corn, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.

"It's not just about a meal today, but some of the help and services and support represents the best of our city," Faulconer said.

On Thursday, the Salvation Army served meals at four different locations.