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Thanksgiving banquet in Salt Lake City ‘opens the door’ to the homeless and hungry

Nancy Maurer is beaming inside a service kitchen, where today she will supervise the preparation of 800 pounds of turkey and 800 pounds of ham.

It’s only 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving, and she’s already gearing up to serve up the holiday’s trademark dishes to hundreds of diners at the Salt Lake City Mission’s annual banquet. She says she wouldn’t be anywhere else — even with a blanket of snow covering the ground.

“I would’ve got here any way I could,” she said, scanning the roomful of diners at the Christian Life Center on Redwood Road. “Because if they can get here, I can get here.