Bandera Family Christmas Dinner Serves Over 3600 People
The 30th annual Bandera Family Christmas Dinner provided over 3600 meals on Christmas day. Organizer and Chairman of the dinner Bill Bandera told WNBF News that the final meal total topped over 3600 meals. The dinner is free and open to anyone regardless of their financial situation. People of all ages turn out for fellowship and a good Christmas meal.
Speaking with Roger Neel on WNBF's Binghamton Now program on Friday morning Bandera said over 1,100 of these meals were delivered by volunteers over a five county region. Between 25 and 30 volunteers took meals to those who for whatever reason were not able to attend in person.
Along with dinner locations in Binghamton, Endicott and Norwich buffet meals were also set up at 110 Chenango Place and Woodburn Court in Binghamton. Several hundred volunteers take part in serving, preparing and cleaning up after meals are served.
Bandera thanked a number of businesses who contribute money, goods and services to help make the dinner a success. He said he will be meeting in the next month to pursue providing an additional location for the Bandera Family Christmas Dinner in Oneonta next Christmas.
Anyone who would like to make a contribution or become involved as a volunteer for the dinner can obtain information by going online to: