Rep. Nancy Pelosi serves Thanksgiving lunches to diners at St. Anthony's Dining Room in San Francisco's Tenderloin during on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Pelosi serves Thanksgiving meals in SF

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, accompanied by nine family members, served meals to the guests of St. Anthony’s Dining Room on Tuesday morning in San Francisco.

The Pelosi family fulfilled a family tradition of volunteering at St. Anthony’s Dining Room during the Thanksgiving holiday. This year, like a seasoned hand, she immediately got to work serving meals and chatting with individuals, families and fellow volunteers. .

“We are so inspired by the people who want to tell us their stories,” Pelosi said. “Today more than ever, they want to tell their stories and fears for the future. I think it is a very special day, a very special time.”

Charles Olan, Order of Friars Minor Service. of St. Anthony’s, said the organization appreciated the volunteer efforts of the Pelosi family because they helped get the message out of being mindful of the needs of the poor. The program which was established in 1950, and advertises “Hope Served Daily” on their menu board.

“Nancy Pelosi comes here every year since I’ve been here,” said Lydia Bransten, St. Anthony’s dining room manager. “She asked to keep it low key.”

Pelosi wished the Trump family a Happy Thanksgiving. When asked what she’s thankful for this year, she mentioned particular gratitude for America.

“I am grateful this year that our country is so great. Of course, first I am grateful for my family and friends but grateful that America is a great country,” Pelosi said “That we are, that we can withstand shocks to the system, and that we will, and that God is always with us.”.

On Thanksgiving Day, St. Anthony’s expects to serve up to 4,000 meals from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Bransten said. About 180 volunteers will be working in two four-hours shifts.

St. Anthony’s Thanksgiving meals will have all the fixings of turkey, gravy, stuffing and more. They will accommodate everyone until there are no more lines–even with meals to go if needed.

St. Anthony’s is also in the midst of their Thanksgiving Curbside Drive collecting donations of turkeys, socks, toiletries and pantry items. So far, 1,046 turkeys have been collected out of a goal of 1,500 turkeys.

Anyone can drive up to the dining room located at 121 Golden Gate Ave. in San Francisco between specified hours to donate items directly or go to their website StAnthonySF.org/virtualturkey to make a donation.

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