Little food was left over Thursday from the seventh annual Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen Thanksgiving Dinner.
Pam Casagrande, one of the dinner's organizers, said a total of 242 meals were prepared, including dinners distributed to homebound Lawrence residents. She said the dining room in the basement of the First Christian Church, 1000 Ky., stayed full during the 1 -hour meal.
LINK prepared 224 dinners last year.
"Everybody ate until they were full," Casagrande said. "We had no turkey left over to speak of. This year, for the first time, we didn't have much to offer Salvation Army or First Step House."
LINK usually provides its leftovers from the meal to these organizations. Casagrande said the bones from the dozen 20-pound turkeys were given to the Secular Franciscans for soup fixings. The Secular Franciscans distibute food from a garage next to St. John's Catholic Church, 1229 Vt., on Saturdays.
Casagrande noted that there were many more older people in attendance this year. One elderly woman told her how hard it was to make ends meet.
Casagrande said the dinner was well-staffed by volunteers.
"Everybody had a good time," she said. "The community accomplished the mission. It's everybody pulling together."