Sheridan's Senior Center will prepare food for at least 300 people on Thanksgiving Day.
That's how many senior citizens and their families are anticipated at the facility on Smith Street and at Heritage Towers.
Meals Program Director Carolyn Cox says the center will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of roast turkey with all the trimmings during its regular hours from 11:30 until 12:45.
She asks that people coming with large groups of friends or family call the center in advance at 672-2240, so they can arrange tables accordingly.
The program director went on to say that meals on that day will be served at the center only and Heritage Towers, and Meals on Wheels deliveries will be made in the immediate Sheridan area.
No meals will be delivered to any of the outlying communities. The Senior Center has been serving meals daily since 1980. Cox, who has been the meals program director for two years, talked about the significance of providing the once-a-day meal.
She said the suggested contributions for the Thanksgiving Day meal will be the same as for other meals served at the center: $4.50 for those 60 and older who are registered for the meals program, $4.50 for spouses, $7.50 for anyone not registered, and $3.75 for children 12 and younger. Cox said anyone is welcome to dine there.
Historical records show that the meals program was started by Sheridan's Senior Citizens Council in 1972 in collaboration with other local service organizations. The senior center became the primary site for meal prep and delivery after it was built in 1980.
The Meals on Wheels program now delivers mid-day meals daily to people who are homebound and to others at Heritage Towers. The program also serves the Tongue River Valley Community Center in Dayton and the women's clubs of Story and Big Horn.
Cox said the senior center began serving breakfasts on Saturday mornings last spring, and offers a soup and salad bar Mondays through Fridays.