LOGAN — Despite the joy and community the holiday season may bring, for some it is one of the hardest times of the year. Luckily, in Logan there are resources for those in need of a holiday meal and good company. Several locations in Logan are hosting free Thanksgiving dinners:

Home Tavern, 363 Gallagher Avenue, will host a free Thanksgiving dinner Thanksgiving Day at 11:30 a.m. A phone call to the bar Tuesday confirmed that it will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, complete with turkey, and that it has been hosting free Thanksgiving Day dinners for at least 13 years.

The Foundation Dinners will be serving a free Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, from noon–1 p.m. at the First Church of Christ, 935 E. Main St., which is near the Hocking County Fairgrounds.

According to a previous Logan Daily News report, every week Foundation Dinners are served Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at noon. Most meals are traditional, home-style and available as dine-in or carryout; all are free.

The Max Bar and Grill, 922 W. Hunter St., will host its 9th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Alexes Maxey, owner of The Max, told The Logan Daily News that the community comes together to support free Thanksgiving dinners at The Max.

“The dinners got started just so anyone who didn’t have anywhere else to go could come here,” Maxey said. “We are like family here.”

The Max receives food donations from several parties each year to provide the traditional Thanksgiving dinners, Maxey said. She estimated that The Max served around 60 people at last year’s Thanksgiving dinner; usually it averages about 100. She attributed the lower number to COVID; however, in lieu of in-person attendance last year, one individual volunteered to deliver the meals to elderly people.

Maxey said she enjoys “everything” that comes with providing free meals to Logan on Thanksgiving Day. “It’s nice that if you don’t have somewhere to go, you come here,” she said. “Holidays can be very depressing; we just want everyone to know they can just come here.”

The Max will be open regular business hours Thanksgiving Day and will serve Thanksgiving dinners until it runs out, Maxey said. Like last year, it will offer both dine-in and carryout.

Other Thanksgiving dinner events will have already taken place by today, such as a dinner at the M&M Diner in Logan on Wednesday. There may be others scheduled for Thanksgiving day as well.

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