After Linda Bisignano, the owner of Chuck’s Restaurant, an Italian restaurant on Des Moines’ north side passed away, many questioned whether the annual Thanksgiving meal would continue to be served.
New owners say the meal is still on, and organizers are hoping to serve more people than ever.
The goal is to serve 3,700 people a meal of turkey, ham, potatoes, and other Thanksgiving favorites.
Preparation continued today as about half of the turkeys that will be served were cooked.
Organizers say continuing the meal is a duty to their community and a tribute to Bisignano.
“Linda was a dear friend of mine and her passing hit us all hard. In memory of her, we will continue this tradition until we can’t anymore,” said Bob Iverson, the kitchen manager of the Parks Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
So far, only 2,100 people are signed up with a goal of serving 3,700.
That number is up from earlier this week when only 1,100 people had requested the free meal.
To request a meal, you can call 515-262-4605.