Neighboring town, Scarborough, has invited Cape Elizabeth residents to the fifth annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. The meal is free and will include a traditional holiday menu of roast turkey, sides, and dessert served to-go family style.
The event is hosted by the Scarborough School Nutrition Program, Scarborough Community Services, local nonprofit Project GRACE, and various other local groups. Peter Esposito, the Director of Nutrition for both Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth schools, said in an October 30 Portland Press Herald article that “the whole goal of why we did what we did is to have a sense of community and coming together as a group.” Last year the event served in-person meals to around 400 people. This year, Esposito is preparing for approximately 500 meals which will be distributed in heatable containers for contactless pickup on November 25. Scarborough Police Department, Scarborough Community Services, and other volunteers will assist in the distribution of meals. Both the Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth Police Departments are working together to potentially deliver meals to citizens who are unable to pick them up due to health or other reasons.
Orders and reservations are begin taken online through November 20 via the Thanksgiving Scarborough website https://thanksgivingscarborough.weebly.com. However, placing orders as soon as possible is highly encouraged as meals are limited and likely to sell out before November 20. Although online orders are preferred, orders may also be place via phone by calling 207-730-4700. Donations are recommended, but not required. Contactless pickup times will be announced in the near future.