Murrieta Mesa High School, the Interact Club and Murrieta Rotary will host the 4th annual “Share the Harvest” Thanksgiving Dinner and Fall Festival, it was recently announced.
The event is planned from 1 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 17 at Murrieta Mesa High School, located at 24801 Monroe Avenue in Murrieta.
“We’re trying to reach out to the elderly and economically challenged in our community but everyone is welcome,” said math teacher and organizer Michael Stowe, in a released statement.
Stowe is hoping to feed up to 2,000 people. About 1,600 people attended Share the Harvest last year.
Along with the dinner there will be activities, games, arts and crafts, and a jump house available for the children. Entertainment will be provided and include student dance groups and musicians.
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be served with turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, drinks, and pies for dessert.
In addition, a limited number of Thanksgiving meal boxes will be distributed for families to take home.
There is a limit to one per household.
Student volunteers, school staff members, parents, and Rotary members will cook the turkeys, prepare and serve the meals and operate the Fall Festival activities.
The school is asking for donations of nonperishable food items such as canned green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, sweet potatoes, instant mashed potatoes, and instant turkey stuffing, frozen pies and turkeys.
All donations may be dropped off at high school office. Any collected items that are not part of the Thanksgiving meal will be donated to local food pantries.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, or to donate to the food drive, contact the school at 951-677-0568 or
Michael Stowe at 951-677-0568, ext. 6303.
*Contributed by Murrieta Valley Unified School District