EAU CLAIRE Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Thanksgiving is just two days away, and some Eau Claire organizations are getting ready to provide meals to community members.

Turkeys are in the oven as the preparation for community thanksgiving meals begins. Saving Grace Lutheran Church is one of the organizations providing free meals to community members during the holiday.

“We are holding our fifth annual community Thanksgiving dinner that’s free to the public. Anyone is available to come and enjoy the day.”

Last year the church had around 500 guests. This year they are expecting around 600 to 650.

“We know food costs are rising, so that’s why we’re planning for more, just because we do see an increase in interest happening.”

From 11 am to 3 pm, anyone is welcome to head to the church for a Thanksgiving meal, but other locations are offering meals too.

Hope Gospel Mission will have free meals from 11:30 to 1 on Thanksgiving. They have been providing these meals for over 20 years.

“We want to be a resource to the community. One way we can do that is by offering these community meals, especially on the holidays, when people are either shut in or lonely.”

Because part of this event is the community connection during the holidays.

“I think about those that are struggling with not having anyone to be with over the holidays, or maybe cannot prepare a thanksgiving meal all on their own. We’re hoping to just provide that to the community and just a hot, warm meal for somebody.”

Making sure everyone has a place to go on Thanksgiving is also something the Community Table is emphasizing. The Executive Director says the free meals on holidays are really nice for the public.

“I think it’s a great resource because everybody struggles depending on where they’re at from a student to a mom and dad that might be struggling at the moment and even our seniors that struggle with some food insecurity.”

The Community Table’s free Thanksgiving meal will be available from 11:30 am to 1 pm as well.