In 1989 Bill and Carolyn Bandera gave back to their community by holding a free Christmas Day dinner. A small group of 68 people were served a free, hot, homemade meal at The American Legion Post 80 located in the city of Binghamton. 28 years later, the tradition continues. In 2016, more than 3,000 meals were served including 1,200 deliveries.
This free dinner includes turkey, ham, stuffing, yams, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetables, soup, beverages, homemade cookies and a myriad of desserts.
The Bandera Free Christmas Dinner will be on Monday, December 25, Christmas Day, from noon to 3 p.m. at American Legion Post 80 on Main Street in Binghamton and at the Boys and Girls Club in Endicott.
More information about volunteering, donating and the free Christmas dinner can be found online. For questions call (607) 231-0706.