CHICO, Calif. - The Jesus Center in Chico is celebrating Thanksgiving a little differently this year.
The center has been serving those in need for almost 40 years.
Because of the pandemic, they have been unable to serve food indoors.
So, what have they done instead?
Laura Cootsona, the executive director of the Jesus Center, said they have instead served food to-go.
But, that's not the only program keeping the kitchen busy.
Cootsona said they started collaborating with Project Roomkey, a state-funded program that helps house the vulnerable and elderly in hotels.
And their kitchen is even more busy.
She said, "Behind me in the kitchen is a bunch of work going on because we have been pushing out 450 meals a day for Project Roomkey. So, everyday this kitchen puts out about 600 meals and we've never done that."
What about the holidays coming up?
Since the dining room will be closed, they have something else in mind.
With the Salvation Army and their contract with the county for Project Roomkey, Cootsona said, "We are providing Thanksgiving to all the folks in hotels on Thursday." She continued, "We are still a little bit in the works about how we are going to do Thanksgiving next week but trust me, we are big on Thanksgiving. We don't want them to miss out."
Those getting these meals aren't the only ones who are thankful.
"We are thankful that they are here and they are thankful that we are all here supporting them as a community," she said.