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Free dinners served at Mt. Mike’s & VFW Hall Thursday

There are two places in Manteca Thursday where people can drop in for a free Thanksgiving dinner.

One is at Mt. Mike’s Pizza on North Main Street at Louise Avenue. The other is the Veterans of Foreign Wars post at 580 Moffat Blvd. that is again having Operation Turkey Belly.

That’s code for free Turkey Day meal for all veterans, active duty and, of course, the general public.

The Manteca Rotary and Sunrise Kiwanis expect to serve 2,300 free meals Thursday with the bulk served in the Mt. Mike’s Pizza dining room on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Call the “Turkey Hot Line” at (209) 825-4331 to arrange for a pick up or delivered meal if you are unable to dine at the restaurant.  The email contact is

The organizers have already made arrangements with groups in Ripon and Lathrop to provide community gathering sites for diners in both cities. That is in addition to working with the Manteca VFW Post.

 “We like to refer this as Turkey Day to be more inclusive to all,” said retired Marines Sgt. C. Shay Rosas of the effort at the VFW Hall.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., those attending the special VFW holiday function will be served a hot meal courtesy of the Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club. The VFW Post will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is the second year that two local service organizations have supported the VFW Thanksgiving Day event.

The hot beverage bar along with water and desserts will all be compliments of the VFW.

Those who plan on attending the VFW event are being asked to RSVP Rosas at 858-8731 or email him at today. That is so they can adequately plan the food for the free event. No reservations are needed to dine at Mt. Mike’s.

The VFW event will also have a free drawing. Every person entering the door will receive a raffle ticket at no cost with the chance to win one of more than 12 prizes.

The VFW hall will have a festive décor to mark the holiday, from the table setting to music, plenty of seating, a no-host bar, board games and a family-friendly atmosphere.