The community dinner at Bethany Church in Montpelier was a success for the 45th year in a row.
Every year the Washington County Youth Service Bureau hosts a community dinner for anyone in the county to come to.
Executive Director Kreig Pinkham said the thanksgiving meal served 650 to 700 people every year between those who come to the church and making home deliveries.
“This meal is a way that they can get a warm meal on Thanksgiving, but even more than that this meal is about community,” he said.
Pinkham said it wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers who come back year after year– including Larry Masure who has been volunteering since almost the beginning.
“I’d say almost 30 years this Thanksgiving,” Masure said.
Masure said he worked as a chef at Moon Cafe. Volunteering at the community thanksgiving seemed like a natural fit and reminds him of his grandmother.
“I used to watch my grandmother get up on a stool when I was little,” he said. “She’d cook with a dab of this and a pinch of that. She didn’t measure anything.”
Masure said he enjoys using cooking as a medium to give back.