Waterford Knights of Columbus gives away hundreds of free dinners

Kumi Tucker
Updated: June 22, 2020 07:31 PM
Created: June 22, 2020 05:44 PM

WATERFORD - The cars are driving through the parking lot at the Knights of Columbus. It's a drive-through pickup, and they're ready to give out 500 dinners. 

People can just drive up to the tent to get their meals. They don't have to get out of their cars. 


A dinner party of this scale takes a lot of work. 

Volunteers, including Chef Joe Forget, have been working all day. Forget is also a culinary instructor at the Capital District EOC.   

"It's a great way to give to the community," said Forget. "People still need. People still are hungry. Some don't have good nutrition and as part of what we do is always giving to charity."

They had to prepare a lot of spaghetti, sauce, and meatballs. 

"Just a good meal," said Grand Knight Bliss Canfield. "And a little bit of support, maybe -- let everybody know we're here, and we are trying to help."

The funding for this free dinner comes from all the donations that came in when they did a soup giveaway at the end of April. 

"They would pick up their soup, and they'd say 'here' and take whatever out of their pocket, and they'd hand it, and we just kept collecting donations," said Canfield. 

Volunteers hope people leave here with more than a pasta dish for dinner.  

"A big smile on their face," said Forget. "And a huge feeling of, 'Wow, people love me!"

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