Sweetwaters continues tradition of offering free Thanksgiving dinner

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It’s a Thanksgiving tradition in the Queen City that goes back decades.  

For more than 30 years, the Church Street restaurant Sweetwaters has provided free and locally-sourced Thanksgiving dinners to the community. Normally, the dinner is held inside the restaurant on Thanksgiving. But due to the pandemic, meals will be “to-go” again this year from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Staff and volunteers are also delivering meals to anyone in need. Owner David Mellincoff says this tradition has brought Vermonters together over the years, distributing a couple hundred meals to almost 2,000 people last Thanksgiving.

“Holidays bring up a lot of feelings and different things for people so there is a lot of different needs. So we just said it’s a Sweetwaters thanksgiving community dinner and anyone can get meal,” Mellincoff said.

On Thanksgiving morning, Sweetwaters will hold a coat drive on Church Street from 8 to 10 a.m. Mellincoff says between 800 and 1000 coats are donated to those in need.

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