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A Chuck’s Tradition ....

A special Thanksgiving Dinner has been offered at Chuck’s Restaurant since 1992.  In conjunction with Parks Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Inc.  thousands of meals have been prepared over the years by volunteers helping neighbors enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Chuck’s owner, Linda Bisignano joined forces with Parks Community by offering her restaurant as the location for food preparation and distribution.  What grew from serving about 100 dinners in 1984 has grown to approximately 3700 by 2019.  Dinners include turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, gravy, dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce, roll, and piece of pie.

The volunteer group fought through many difficulties in 2013.  Increased food cost, an increase in demand but as food preparation was well under they lost their biggest supporter when Linda passed away after a long battle with cancer. While a different experience for all the group they pushed on through with their efforts to set an all time record for the number of meals served.

In March, 2014 Chuck’s new owner, Emily Jones, met with the committee and assured them the restaurant would remain the home of the Parks Annual Thanksgiving Dinner.  Co-Chairs, Linda Tullis and Bob Iverson, while determined the dinner would go on were pleased to put this behind them and focus on 2014.

The dinner is put together by the power of volunteers.  Chuck’s Restaurant does not handle the volunteer requests or reservations for home delivered dinners.  For dinner reservations (pick up or home delivery) call 515-875-5229.  Parties interested in volunteering should contact....

Mickey Ryan @

“Donations from the community are greatly appreciated. “We are dealing with higher food prices this year and are asking the public to help us make up for those increases.”  said Bob Iversen, Head Chef, Kitchen Coordinator and Co-Chair for the event. Support this event by mailing a check to: Parks Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Inc., P.O. Box 57332, Pleasant Hill IA, 50317. Contributions are tax-deductible

Neighbors Serving Their Community” For over 30 years, the mission of the  Parks Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Inc., is to serve a free Thanksgiving  dinner to anyone in need of a meal on Thanksgiving Day. The organization was  founded in 1984 and is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. For more  information, visit us on Facebook.

Dinner Info ....


To Volunteer

Mickey Ryan








Non-cash donations may be dropped off at

Chuck’s Restaurant during business hours.



Cash or checks need to be  mailed to: 

Parks Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Inc.,

P.O. Box 57332, Pleasant Hill, IA, 50317. 

Contributions are tax-deductible.


A Special Thanks to Tones Spices for their support.







2800+ Served in 2021

49 gallons of gravy

If we made dressing in 9 by 12 pans,

triple the size of the pan, we will need 96-100 pans. 

1,476# of turkey roast cut by hand 

860# of ham 

Large #10 cans of green beans • 160 

The biggest cans of cranberries • 160 cans

850 • 8 inch pies

284 dozen rolls

560# of potatoes (sorry we use instant) 

300 volunteers including 50-70 drivers