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Free Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 11th annual Thanksgiving in Manteca — a cooperative effort of volunteer groups led by  the Sunrise Kiwanis and Manteca Rotary that served 2,200 free meals last Thanksgiving — is switching to a drive-thru format for dinner service.

Because of social distancing, this year they will be hosting drive through events Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Mountain Mikes Pizza (1120 N. Main St) and the Manteca Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall (580 Moffat Blvd.), in Manteca.    

This year volunteers with the Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis, Manteca Rotary, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Police Chief’s Foundation, Interact Club of Manteca, and Manteca Police Officers Association anticipate serving more than 2,500 men, women, and children a Thanksgiving Dinner, who otherwise would not have the means to cook dinner, or are by themselves.   Dinner includes turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, corn, roll and pumpkin pie.  Thanksgiving dinner is available for takeout or delivery.