SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - As part of the Holiday Meals Program through Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (SHIP), the organization is serving its annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner for 300 children, women and men in need, according to a release.

The dinner will be held Nov. 28 at the United Reformed Church, on West Main Street in Somerville.

Guests will include people who suffer from hunger, homelessness, poverty, substance abuse and mental health issues.

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According to the release, the items needed are:

  • 5 Spiral Hams
  • 30 Stove Top stuffing
  • 30 Yams - large cans
  • 5 Ham glaze in jars
  • 40 Turkey gravy in bottles
  • 6 quarts of chicken stock
  • 24 large bottles of soda
  • 15 lbs. of butter
  • 2 gallons of milk
  • 12 pies
  • 12 decorated cakes
  • 150 pieces of fresh fruit
  • 12 jars olives
  • 12 jars dill pickle spears
  • 14 dozen dinner rolls
  • Holiday goodies like candy
  • Table decorations or flowers
  • 12 large bags of potato chips

On Thanksgiving Day, early bird volunteers will arrive at the kitchen at 9:30 a.m. Most volunteers arrive at 11 a.m. and leave around 3 p.m. after everything is cleaned up.

Now is also the time to sign up for the Christmas Day 2019 and Easter Sunday 2020 holiday meals, the release said.

SHIP has also partnered with St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center to distribute food, supplies and offer other services to needy pet owners coming to the holiday meals.

Anyone who wants to help should call Tom O'Leary at SHIP at 908-393-9545.