CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) — A Thanksgiving tradition of more than 30 years continues in Canfield. Parishioners of a local church are making sure thousands in the Valley have a traditional meal.

“The Turkey Connection” is a St. Michael tradition, providing a Thanksgiving meal for the patrons of two soup kitchens in our area — Saint Vincent DePaul and Rescue Mission — for over 30 years. In 2016, Skip’s Cafe was added.

Parishioners prepare turkeys, side dishes, pies and other fixings at home and bring them to the parish hall to be processed and delivered by a crew of St. Michael volunteers.

“The three soup kitchens that we service absolutely rely on us for Thanksgiving, and we feed around 1,000 people out of this little space,” said Juanita Sherba, a parishioner. “With individual turkeys, one at a time, they come through the door.”

Volunteers and donors started arriving at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and will be there until at least 4 p.m.

They provided almost 100 turkeys and 130 pies.