Boulevard Diner, Voltage Fashion Boutique hosting free Thanksgiving dinners in Worcester

Holidays are a time to give thanks, but also to give back.

Laura Perez-Garcia, owner of Voltage Fashion Boutique in Worcester, embodies both sentiments this year.

Perez-Garcia and her husband Orlando have often discussed a day of the week pledge to help food insecure people. Going forward, Perez-Garcia said Voltage plans to hold Sunday celebrations to serve the community, but planning remains underway.

However, through partnerships with other community organizations, Perez-Garcia is hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner at his store this year.

“This will be our first, but it’s going to become a tradition where every Thanksgiving year we’re going to do it,” Perez-Garcia said.

The celebration will take place at the corner of King and Main streets and is open to everyone. The sculpture of the four turkeys will begin at noon.

In addition to four turkeys, the feast will include three pork shoulders with traditional sides such as mashed potatoes and gravy. Perez-Garcia will also offer Hispanic-inspired dishes, including rice and macaroni platters.

“There are going to be drinks. There are going to be pies. So it will be quite a Thanksgiving dinner, ”said Perez-Garcia.

Celebration is always something Perez-Garcia wanted to organize, however, as the main Thanksgiving cook in her home, she said she could never find the time to volunteer.

This year is different thanks to the help of Worcester Families Feeding Families, Una Mano Amiga Community Group and Paradise Bar & Grill.

“Worcester is a huge city and the fact that food insecurity exists here in such a big city, we need to do more,” said Perez-Garcia. “Everyone needs to come together and we need to do more to close this food insecurity gap. “

Voltage isn’t the only company in Worcester offering free Thanksgiving Thursday food.

The Boulevard Diner on Shrewsbury Street will open at 1 p.m. for anyone on Thanksgiving.

“Whether alone or with your whole family, we would love to share our meal with all of you,” said the guest in a Facebook post. “Spread the word so the less fortunate can make their way to our table. May God bless each of you!

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