RIO RANCHO, N.M. — The sun hadn’t risen yet and many people were still in bed when St. Felix Pantry volunteers met at 6:30 a.m. to prepare dinners for the community on Thanksgiving Day.
The dinner, held at the Garza-owned McDonald’s on NM 528, entered its 27th year. Food for about 800 people was prepared as early as two weeks in advance, said Mauro Torres-Ginez, the pantry manager.
Last year, over 1,000 meals were served, according to a press release from the local food pantry.
Dozens of people with their families, significant others, friends or by themselves were in line and ready to eat by 10:30 a.m.
Christiana Santillanes and her daughter were among the first in line.