Delicious Good Hope Community Thanksgiving Meal Goes Fast

by | Nov 22, 2017 | City News, Community, Good Hope, Images, Interviews, People, Videos

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That did not take long.

The City of Good Hope provided a community Thanksgiving dinner for about 2,000 Cullman County residents today.

The 9th annual Good Hope Community Thanksgiving Meal kicked off at 11 am (although drive-thru customers began lining up at 9:30 am).

ALL plates disappeared by 12:50 pm.

This Good Hope tradition was made possible by many volunteers and some very generous donors. While this delicious, portion heavy Holiday meal is given away for free, costs for raw foods, drinks and supplies do not come out of thin air.

The funding comes from these folks:

★ Good Hope Contracting
★ Good Hope Pharmacy
★ James R. Smith Trucking
★ James A. Smith Trucking
★ Pepsi
★ Premier Bank
★ Scott’s Excavation & Hauling

• AEE Truck & Trailer Repair
• Grandma’s Car Wash
• Jack’s Western Wear
• Kids Turf Childcare
• L&J Homebuilders
• McGriff Industries

Guests were invited to dine in the Good Hope School lunchroom. Many others chose the convenient (and exceptionally well organized) drive-thru meal pick up method. Also, volunteers delivered meals to a variety of individuals and institutions by hand.

If someone wanted an early Thanksgiving meal in the Good Hope area, they were able to get it today.

The highlight of the dinner was the meal itself.

In very generous portions, it consisted of traditional dressing with sage, turkey gravy topped with cranberry, a yummy sweet potato roll, green beans, coleslaw, a plump dinner roll, a chocolate chip cookie and the beverage of people’s choice.

Created from scratch in the Good Hope School lunchroom kitchen, Chefs began preparation early on Tuesday ahead of the event.

The raw food and volunteer assistance did not appear out of thin air. According City of Good Hope Councilman Maxie Jones, the planning phase for this event begins in the summer:

“We start in on the planning for this in the summertime. Since we have done it for several years, we know what to expect. But organizing the sponsors, volunteers, and donors, plus, all the food, beverages and supplies is an enormous task!


I think we have around 50 volunteers; we couldn’t do this without them.”.

Paul Schwaiger came up with the idea for this Community Thanksgiving Dinner back when now Alabama State Representative Corey Harbison was Mayor of Good Hope. Each year it has progressively grown into one of (if not the biggest) charitable free food event in all of Cullman County.

This event is all about the community.

City of Good Hope Mayor – Jerry Bartlett – explained this best in this interview before the doors to the cafeteria opened:

Delicious Good Hope Community Thanksgiving Meal Goes Fast

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Good Hope School Cafeteria

Delicious Good Hope Community Thanksgiving Meal Goes Fast

Timothy Collins

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