Boston's Pine Street Inn Makes Pandemic Changes To Yearly Thanksgiving Meal

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) —Boston’s traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Pine Street Inn homeless shelter will look different this year.

The meal for the homeless is still on – but the pandemic has forced the shelter to change the way it handles the dinner, in order to limit the spread of Covid-19. 

It will not be a sit-down dinner like it usually is in prior years, where guests are waited on for their food. This year, the food will be served cafeteria style. 

Other changes include a smaller volunteer force, smaller tables and ceremonial turkey carving with Mayor Marty Walsh outside. 

Executive Director Lyndia Downie said she is disappointed that the Thanksgiving holiday can’t be celebrated normally at the shelter this year. 

“It’s particularly difficult when you’re homeless because it’s such a tough holiday," she said. "It is the day when you are so reminded that you’re alone, you’re so reminded that everyone else is going home and you’re not."

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports.

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