It’s become a tradition in Des Moines, the annual Parks Community Thanksgiving dinner, serving thousands of people every year. But that could change because the spot where the free dinner is cooked is up for sale.
For the past 30-years, Chuck’s Restaurant has provided free Thanksgiving dinners to thousands of people who otherwise probably would have gone without. But
Chuck’s owner, Linda Bisignano, has cancer, so she’s selling the restaurant – the restaurant her parents opened almost 60-years ago.
It’s leaving the future of the Parks Community Thanksgiving dinner in question.
Bisignano hopes whoever buys Chuck’s will keep the tradition going, but volunteers are concerned.
“If and when there should be a new owner at Chucks, that would be one of the stipulations that I would first put into place if it was within my power to do so that Thanksgiving must go on.”
Volunteers say the free dinner will go on as planned this year, serving about 3,500 people. And they’ll worry about next near when the time comes.