Cornerstone Community Church is hosting the 21st annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon on Sunday, November 22,
2020 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., 718 West Avenue, Norwalk, directly across from the main library (enter
under the red awning on Mott Street). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all meals will be “grab-n-go”
this year. No reservation is needed and it is free to all.
Run entirely by volunteers, the Community Thanksgiving Luncheon (CTL) is an inclusive event
organized by the community for the community. It brings people of diverse backgrounds together to
“This year, our community needs us more than ever,” said Cornerstone Community Church Pastor
Rev. Elizabeth C. Abel. “Since April, we have been providing food ministry outreach to more than 500
families every month, and the annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon is a critical component of
that ministry,” Pastor Liz said. “So even though we can’t invite people in to sit down this year, the
need is great, and we are doubling the number of meals we serve from 300 to 600, which will be
distributed in to-go packages.”
Each to-go package will contain a full Thanksgiving meal, including salt and pepper, bread, dessert,
and cutlery. “Sweet Susan” cookies, included in the package, will be dedicated to Susan Maddox, a
vital member of the CTL team, who passed away in August of this year.
The Community Thanksgiving Luncheon began at East Avenue United Methodist Church in 1999.
East Avenue merged with Norwalk United Methodist Church in 2017 to create Cornerstone Community
Church. Jessie McGarty, who founded and supervised the Community Thanksgiving Luncheon
and grew it from a few dozen meals in its first year to what it is today, retired from CTL in 2019.
Volunteers are still needed on Monday, November 16th, and Tuesday, November 17th, between 1
p.m. and 3 p.m. to prep and Sunday Nov. 22nd to serve. For more information, go to http://community-
Donations are also needed to keep the program going every year. To donate to the Community
Thanksgiving Luncheon, send a check to Cornerstone Community Church, 718 West Avenue,
Norwalk, CT 06850, or Venmo your donation to @Come2Cornerstone. Be sure to write “Community
Thanksgiving Luncheon” in the memo line.
Also, on Sunday, Nov. 22nd, Josh, an Eagle Scout, will be accepting nonperishable items at the door
for his food ministry Scouting project.
The Community Thanksgiving Luncheon team is thankful to all the sponsors who give so tirelessly
every year. CTL’s sponsors include Stew Leonard’s, Chicken Joe’s, Fairfield County Bank (Ridgefield),
NY Bakery, Sono Bakery, Forever Sweet Bakery, and Don Carmelo’s, and volunteers such as
the Boys and Girls Scouts.
No reservation is needed to receive a meal.
Come be part of the community and bring a friend!