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Wichita’s famous chicken noodle dinner is on Saturday

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Volunteers are busy preparing for a major Wichita fundraiser that feeds thousands each year.

On Saturday, January 28, the United Methodist Church of St. Paul will be holding its 76th Annual Chicken Dinner.

The price of eggs could have been an issue this year, but organizers say they’ve received a lot of donations.

“We have a relationship with Cal-Maine, which is the largest producer of eggs in the Midwest, and they gave us 90 dozen eggs, and we got the rest of our eggs for a dollar a dozen,” Rob Scott, chief organizer of dinner, he said.

Other businesses and grocery stores have also donated products. He said the church pays him back by using the money raised to support church programs and feed the homeless.

“We offer 200 to 250 packed lunches a week, so that’s a significant expense,” Scott said.

There will be a lot of food for sale on Saturday. Scott didn’t say how many people they expect, but more than 2,000 were scheduled last year.

“We make all of our noodles,” Scott said. “Two weeks ago we had 50 people making noodles, and we started at 8:15 in the morning and we prepped and cut our noodles and spread them out on the tables here in the dining room. We had 98 eight-foot tables full of drying noodles and, therefore, we have lots of noodles, plenty of food.

By Thursday, volunteers were cooking and deboning chicken for soup.

The menu also includes mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, pies, and sweets. The dinners are $12, but you can purchase the items separately.

Hours are 11:00am to 6:00pm Saturdays at 1356 North Broadway. It’s on the corner of 13th North and Broadway. Scott said to enter the parking lot from Topeka Street.

The event will be drive-thru only. Organizers expect nearly 100 volunteers to help take orders and bring them to the parking lot.

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