800 people expected at Thanksgiving meal in Ft. Madison

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner can be a bit of a chore, especially if that dinner is for 800 people.

But that's exactly what's going on in Fort Madison Iowa.

Fort Madison Chamber of Commerce coordinator Sarah Cantrell has been on the phone almost everyday taking calls about the upcoming meal. This year's meal is going to be held at the new Fort Madison Middle School.

"This is truly a Fort Madison, North Lee County event. It's one of the strongest showings that I see every single year. We've had the same family who donates the turkey's," Cantrell said.

This is the third year for the event and when it started Cantrell says they only had about 500 people show up. Last year there were about 600 people in attendance and this year, because of some factory layoffs in Lee County they're expecting more people to be on hand.

"We're definitely feeling a little extra this year. Happening in Lee County with some of the things that are happening with some of our employers. So we are anticipating about 800, that's what we are preparing for," Cantrell said.

Cantrell also said they expect to prepare 750 pounds of turkey, 160 pounds of potatoes and 100 pies. She added without the community volunteers, they could never put this event together and she knows how important this day is for people.The committee will even deliver meals if someone makes a request and they'll even be carryouts.

If you would like to donate or volunteer you can call 319-561-0191.

That number will even be in operation on Thanksgiving day.

The Thanksgiving meal will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.