Bandera Family Free Christmas Dinner Returns With Sit-down Meal
Published: December 20th, 2021
By: Sarah Genter

Bandera family free Christmas dinner returns with sit-down meal The Bandera Family and Community Alliance free Christmas dinner serves thousands of meals each year in Binghamton and Norwich, thanks to the help of volunteers. (Submitted photo)

NORWICH — The Bandera Family and Community Alliance is bringing their annual free Christmas dinner back to Norwich this year. A sit-down meal will be served from noon to 2 p.m., at the American Legion Post 189 in Norwich on Christmas Day. Deliveries are also available, which begin going out at 9:45 a.m. and will be delivered by noon.

The meal will feature a litany of homemade holiday staples, prepared and served by the Bandera family and volunteers.

"It's turkey and ham. We have stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, corn, homemade gravy. Everything's homemade. Gravy, cookies, desserts, drinks, coffee, tea," said family representative Bill Bandera. "With the deliveries, that whole meal is accompanied by a to-go lunch bag, which includes cranberries, apple sauce, a bag of chips that are donated by Frito Lay ... and then a candy cane and cookies. So you get the meal and the bag."

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He added that take-out is also available, and while calling in orders ahead of time is recommended, it is not required.


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