Free Friendsgiving Feast for all Big Sky residents

2nd annual event highlights sense of community despite Covid

For many, 2020 has been a real kick in the head. As folks scramble to figure out aspects of their lives complicated by COVID-19, some local businesses and volunteers want to take a stresser off their plates. Actually, they want to pile to-go containers high with turkey day delicacies – and fill their plates.

“I was thinking about Thanksgiving last year – everybody just kind of finds a friend and they go over to their house. Some people don’t always have a place to have dinner or have a stove to cook on,” Christine Lugo-Yergensen said just before the inaugural 2019 event. “I just want to make sure everybody has a good meal.”

Diners will also have some important decisions to make: Ham or turkey; chocolate silk pie or pumpkin pie prepared by Lugo-Yergensen’s husband Jake, who is a pastry chef at the Yellowstone Club.

While last year’s event had hundreds of people heading into the Wilson Hotel for a family style community oriented meal, this year will be entirely to-go. Social distancing measures will be in-place to keep people safe as they collect the meals.

Roxy’s Market is donating the hams and turkeys, Blue Moon Bakery is contributing rolls, Wilson Hotel is donating space and some volunteers. Copper is also assisting. Lugo-Yergensen’s Sweet Buns Catering Company is preparing the food, which includes carrots and potatoes donated by the food bank.

The Yellowstone Club Community Foundation has donated $600 to help with packing costs and the cost of any extra sides or things needed.

“It’s been a hard year. [This] is for people who don’t have the time to cook, or don’t have the money. We are all just going through a hard time right now,” she said. “This virus is kind of kicking all our butts. [Friendsgiving] will be delicious, it will be fun and it will be great.”

Friendsgiving will be held at the Wilson Hotel on Nov. 25 from 4-8 p.m. To RSVP meals visit bigskyfoodbank.org and click the “sign up for Thanksgiving 2020” tab.

People can use that same tab to sign up to receive Thanksgiving-in-a-bag.

“Your do-it-yourself Thanksgiving feast includes: Frozen Turkey, Stuffing Mix, Pumpkin Pie Ingredients, Green Bean Casserole Ingredients, Sweet Potatoes/ Yams, Fruit, Bread and Cooking Instructions. Thanksgiving bags MUST be picked up at the Food Bank on MONDAY, Nov. 23rd between 12-7pm,” the Big Sky Community Food Bank website explained.

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