Final preparations are being made for the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner in the City of Binghamton.

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Binghamton High School students, faculty and staff are volunteering for the dinner that will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. November 23 at the high school and is expected to see around 1,500 at the table.

Free bus shuttles are running from the Franklin Elementary School and the Greater Binghamton Transportation Center starting at 11 a.m. and starting at 11:15 a.m. at North Shore Towers and First Ward Senior Center.  Shuttles run on a continuous loop during dinner. The final return shuttles from the high school are at 1:30 p.m.

The free dinner, which began decades ago as part of an effort hosted by the Volunteers of American in Binghamton and was taken over by the Honor Society at Binghamton High School when the VOA was no longer able to continue the tradition, is open to anyone, no matter their economic or social status.  Each year, many residents say they enjoy going to the high school for a chance to socialize with their neighbors, even if they have a family Thanksgiving gathering later in the day.

The dinner is made possible through donations made to the BHS National Honor Society and the efforts of the volunteers.