TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Today volunteers began the hard work of preparing for the 45th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday at the Kansas Expocentre.
Although there was a shortage of volunteers today, they are de-boning 40 turkeys today to complete 120 birds before the event.
More food items are still needed such as green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, butter, flour, stuffing mix, yams, pumpkin pies and cranberries.
Myron Johnson, president of the Community Thanksgiving Dinner Foundation, said food donations make the meal possible.
"It's just Monday. Normally we understand people are out buying their Thanksgiving dinners and we just ask them to pick up a little extra for us down here," Johnson said. "We'll turn it around and serve it to some of their friends."
The deadline to request a meal ended at 4:30pm today, but people are encouraged to come out to the Expocentre where there will be plenty of food.
2,500 free meals will be served to anyone who can't make their own this year, 1,500 of those will be delivered to homes.
A thousand people are expected to show up at the Expocentre on Thursday, and volunteers are always needed.
Call the Topeka Rescue Mission at (785) 354-1744 to find out when and where to drop off food and how you can help out.