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Thanksgiving tradition offers free food and services to SLC's unhoused residents

Dozens of tables with balloons are set up in a large room. Many of the chairs are filled with people eating food.
Trent Nelson
The Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City kicked off Thanksgiving week by providing 3,000 Thanksgiving meals and other services to its unhoused and food-insecure residents on Monday.

The event has happened for the last 24 years and gives attendees at the Salt Palace Convention Center access not just to a hearty meal but a wide variety of services, including vaccinations, dental cleanings, clothes and free transit passes from the Utah Transit Authority.

The event is put on by the Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation and Larry H. Miller Company.

Duck is a general reporter and weekend announcer at UPR, and is studying broadcast journalism and disability studies at USU. They grew up in northern Colorado before moving to Logan in 2018, so the Rocky Mountain life is all they know. Free time is generally spent with their dog, Monty, listening to podcasts, reading or wishing they could be outside more.