The Grand Junction Salvation Army is well known for it's community turkey dinner which is served to individuals and families who cannot afford to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner of their own. This year, the annual event has a new name, an expanded menu and needs your help.

The new name for the annual event is 'Turkeys and More'. One of the primary reasons for the change is the high cost of turkey this year. Since this event relies on food donations from the community, the expanded menu will allow people affordable donation options including whole turkeys, whole chickens or hams.

The Salvation Army's annual dinner serves a meal with all the trimmings to approximately 1,800 people, including deliveries to shut-ins, on Thanksgiving Day.

Because it takes several days to prepare all the food for this dinner, the Salvation Army is asking that food donations be made as quickly as possible.

The turkeys, chickens and hams should be taken to the Salvation Army office at 1235 North Fourth Street Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or dropped off at the Family Thrift Store next door during regular business hours. If it's more convenient, cash donations are also accepted.

After Thanksgiving, remaining turkeys chickens and hams will be used as a part of Christmas food boxes to be given to those in need.

If you need more information about the annual dinner or would like to donate time to help prepare and serve food, contact the Salvation Army at (970) 242-7513.