Food donations needed for Steamboat Springs Community Thanksgiving Dinner |

Food donations needed for Steamboat Springs Community Thanksgiving Dinner

It was a packed house at the Steamboat Springs Community Center for Routt County United Way's Thanksgiving dinner in 2015.
Austin Colbert

— Routt County United Way is scrambling to find last minute food donations to pull off its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

Last year’s meal fed 812 people, who together feasted on 30 turkeys and about 30 dishes each of a handful of other traditional Thanksgiving sides.

For this year’s meal, as of Monday afternoon, the organization was still hoping for seven more turkeys, 12 pans of stuffing, 23 cranberry or Jell-O dishes, 23 pans of sweet potatoes, 18 pans of mashed potatoes and 10 green bean casseroles.

“At this point, we’re kind of panicked,” Routt County United Way Executive Director Kate Nowak said. “Usually people would have signed up last week. It’s really nerve wracking to come right up to the week of the event and not knowing.”

Nowak said that more and more community members have attended the dinner in the last few years.

“We have seniors, people from Horizons, members of the immigrant community, single people and young kids that get off the mountain and come over for a hot meal,” Nowak said. “We also have a lot of out-of-town tourists come, and they volunteer and then come eat. It truly is a community event, and it’s wonderful, as long as there’s food.”

People interested in donating food can sign up by clicking a link from the homepage of or by calling 970-879-5605.

Those donating food should drop off the dishes between 10 a.m. and noon on Thanksgiving Day at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.

Dishes including turkeys should be fully cooked, warmed and brought in disposable pans.

Nowak said it’s helpful if people sign up online or call United Way if they plan to donate food, in order for her to help organize what food is still needed.

There are also shifts still available for community members wishing to volunteer during the meal, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and to help clean up after the meal, starting at around 6 p.m.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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