The Community Ground Hog Dinner is back for a 23rd year of supporting local organizations.

The Community Ground Hog Dinner is back for a 23rd year of supporting local organizations.

All profits from the Feb. 2 meal, hosted by First Christian Church, will be divided between Project Safe, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, the Volunteer Health Center and the Family Justice Project.

Pastor Rev. Ray Belford estimated $50,000 has been raised over the life of the event.

“Just over the past four years, the dinner has raised and distributed a total $10,600,” he detailed.

This year’s meal consists of ground pork patties, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, applesauce, green beans, rolls, drinks and dessert.

“Between the set-up, cooking, serving, cutting pies and cleaning, more than 40 church members and friends will be giving of their time and talents,” Belford said. “Many of the people who helped with the very first Ground Hog Dinner are still involved with this year’s effort.”

Belford is hopeful at least 600 tickets will be purchased.

“If we have 600 people show up, we’ll be distributing checks close to $1,000 each to these groups,” he said.

Tickets, $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10, will be available at the door.

“Since our advanced ticket sales have more than covered the expenses, those buying a ticket will, in effect, be making an $8 donation to the charities and also getting a good meal,” Belford said.

The event will be held in Fellowship Hall of the church, located at 1625 N. Broadway Ave. Serving times are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.

“Those wanting carry-out,” Belford noted, “are encouraged to call ahead to 275-1525 to reduce wait time.”