Volunteers helped prepare and serve about 475 meals Thursday afternoon at St. Francis Borgia Grade School.

That number includes about 230 deliveries and many carryouts, according to Mike Perriman, one of more than 50 volunteers.

“I think it all went very well and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves,” said Perriman. “We changed things up this year to make it all run more smoothly. We have a few more tweaks to make.”

The free community dinner has been a tradition in the Washington community for 25 years.

The dinner — turkey with all of the trimmings — is open to anyone in the community spending the holiday alone, away from family or who simply cannot provide a meal for themselves or family.

Perriman said people of all ages and several families turned out for the meal.

The number served includes the approximate 50 volunteers who also get a chance to eat in between serving up the dinner, offered between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Last year, about the same number of meals were served.

Organizers say the dinner is not only about providing a meal, but fellowship. There is no cost to attend and people are invited to stay and visit after they eat.

Perriman said he sees many of the same faces each year. Several families also turned out.

He said meals were delivered to the police station, EMS and the emergency room at Mercy, all in Washington. All leftover food was donated.

St. Francis Borgia Parish donates the space each year. Other area churches are involved in the meal as well.