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Lots More Food Still Needed for Community Thanksgiving Meal

Organizers say for more than a decade members of the Malibu community have cooked up and served food on Thanksgiving Day to those less fortunate.

For the past 16 years, Malibu community members have rallied around an all-volunteer effort to feed up to 300 homeless and day laborers on Thanksgiving Day.

To make that happen again this year at Malibu United Methodist Church, more volunteers are needed to prepare turkeys, sides, desserts and drop off drinks, according to organizer Diane Malecha.

"We need so much more food you can’t even imagine," Malecha said.

Between 250-300 people show up to eat each year, she said. Hair cuts, crafts for children and a bag full of personal care items are provided to each person.

"We feed people without homes in Malibu, the day labor exchange and their families," Malecha said. They also provide a separate meal to about 20 boys from Camp Kilpatrick, a juvenile detention camp located in the Santa Monica Mountains.

With warm temperatures expected, the meal will likely be served outside.

The event is co-sponsored by the Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue and Malibu United Methodist Church.

To volunteer call 310-589-5508 or to donate food call 310-589-1964.

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