MURRIETA – Murrieta Mesa High School, the Interact Club and Murrieta Rotary will host their ninth annual “Share the Harvest” Thanksgiving Dinner and Fall Festival, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, at Murrieta Mesa, 24801 Monroe Ave. in Murrieta.
The event is free and open to the community. People of all backgrounds and economic levels are invited to share a great meal together and enjoy entertainment provided by student dance groups and musicians, and children can take part in activities, games and crafts at the festival.
Last year approximately 2,000 people were fed at the event, and an additional 250 people took home complete Thanksgiving dinner boxes. In addition, the school donated about 500 prepared meals to local entities.
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be served with turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, drinks and pies for dessert. In addition, a limited number of Thanksgiving meal boxes will be distributed for families to take home. There is a limit to one per household.
The school is accepting donations of canned green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, sweet potatoes, instant mashed potatoes, instant turkey stuffing, frozen pies and turkeys. All donations may be dropped off at the high school office. Last year the school donated 3,000 pounds of nonperishable food items to local food pantries, and again this year any donated food not used for the Thanksgiving meal will be donated to local food pantries. The school is also accepting cash donations.
For more information or to donate to the food drive, contact the school at (951) 677-0568 or Michael Stowe at (951) 677-0568, ext. 6303, or [email protected].