(WBNG Binghamton) Organizers of the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Binghamton High School are making preparations to expand the event by opening additional seating areas and establishing a first-ever shuttle bus service to enable those with transportation concerns to attend the popular holiday dinner.
According to a news release:
Marking its 18th consecutive year, the all-volunteer dinner is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, November 22, at the Binghamton High School’s two main cafeterias.
The dinner is funded through community donations and fundraising by the Binghamton High School National Honor Society. Each year, BHS students, staff and others spend the holiday preparing and serving a full-course Thanksgiving dinner to thousands of local residents. With the addition of our expanded dining room along with our new shuttle bus service, home delivery and “take home” meals will be discontinued.
“ Providing a nourishing meal is important, however coming together as a community is also important and is what this wonderful annual event is all about,” said Binghamton City School Superintendent Dr. Peggy Wozniak. “Sitting down for a meal with neighbors, meeting people, making new friends, that’s the underlying spirit of this entire effort.”
School officials are exploring several possible shuttle-bus options, with plans to set pick-up and drop-off points at convenient locations around the city. A complete bus shuttle schedule will be announced very soon.
“By bringing everything under one roof, so to speak, we are better able to ensure quality and maximize resources in order to make this the best dinner ever,” said Mark Bordeau, city schools food service director.
Anyone wishing to make a direct donation towards the dinner may do so by sending a check (payable to BHS THANKSGIVING DINNER) to:
BHS- Thanksgiving Dinner
31 Main Street
Binghamton, NY 13905
Attn: BHS Honor Society