Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) opened its doors on Thanksgiving Day to provide a free hot meal to those who had no other place to celebrate the holiday.
Over 300 individuals, including families with children, attended this multicultural celebration offering traditional Thanksgiving fare as well as a range of Asian and Pacific Islander foods. ACRS staff and board members, community members, and their children return every year as volunteers to help set-up and serve meals to people from all walks of life.
Food is donated or purchased with donated funds. This year, Spice Route restaurant in Bellevue added South Asian flavors to the mix with their donation of chicken curry. Guests began lining up as early as 10:30 a.m. and all of the food was served by 12:30 p.m.
“ACRS has been hosting a Thanksgiving Luncheon for the past eight years and every year, we look forward to hosting this event for those that can benefit from it,” said Victor Loo, Directory of Recovery Services at ACRS.