Salute expects to serve hundreds of families in need Thanksgiving meals

Salute expecting to serve hundreds of families in need Thanksgiving meals.
Guests on Thanksgiving will receive a sit-down restaurant-style feast. A meal with "dignity" and "hope," the owner says.

Richmond’s Salute e Vita Ristorante plans to serve hundreds of free meals to local families in need for a fourth straight Thanksgiving Day.

A Tuesday blog post from the nonprofit For Richmond reminded us of the event, which last year served more than 1,300 people, according to the restaurant.

This year’s event, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 27, has a special focus on serving homeless veterans. About 700 vets from from Contra Costa and Marin counties are expected to be among the families dining at Salute’s, located at 1900 Esplanade Drive.

Salute is working with locally-based Greater Richmond Interfaith Program and Rubicon to access and invite homeless veterans and community members, according to For Richmond.

The restaurant provides transportation to and from the restaurant for diners, as well as gift bags to take home.

Salute owner Menbere Aklilu said she holds the event because her family was once in need. She fled an abusive husband long ago while pregnant, but rebounded with the help of a single caring person. She hopes she can help others in the same way.

Read the full For Richmond post for more on her story. Also watch the KTVU (Ch. 2) segment below.

Salute is providing all the free meals and has lined up enough volunteers to help serve guests. However, the restaurant is seeking donations to cover other costs related to the event. Tax deductible checks should be made to: GRIP, Salute Thanksgiving Celebration and sent to Salute e Vita Ristorante, 1900 Esplanade Drive, Richmond, Calif., 94804.


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