Chino United Methodist Church annual Thanksgiving Day feast

Families and guests gather in the Chino United Methodist Church fellowship hall for the annual Thanksgiving Day feast, shown in this photo from last year. This year's event, open to all, will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day.

The Chino United Methodist Church will open its doors for a free Thanksgiving dinner 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28 at 5201 Riverside Drive, west of Central Avenue. 

Volunteers are welcome, especially between 3 and 5 p.m., said Pastor Matt Seargeant.

The church offers the free meal every year to those in need, those who are alone, and those who don’t have a place to go. Those who attend may bring their friends to join them.

“If you’re a millionaire or indigent, we don’t care, we’ll feed you,” said the pastor. “Don’t be alone for Thanksgiving.”

The annual event goes back to 2007 when the church’s youth joined forces with church and local volunteers to serve more than 140 meals to community members.

Pastor Sergeant said volunteers fed just over 670 people last year.

“We’re finding that families are volunteering so the younger generation is getting a taste of giving back to the community,” he said. 

A clothing giveaway will take place in the courtyard, but the location may have to change if it rains.


Church member Meagan Lesher is looking for licensed barbers and cosmetologists to cut hair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church nursery.

Ms. Lesher is also organizing clothing donations and will help arrange drop-offs.

To volunteer to cut hair, contact meagan

For volunteer and donation opportunities, call the Chino United Methodist Church at 628-1107 or email chi

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