A New Year’s special

File photo. Volunteers dish up a plateful of food during a 2015 PAGC free holiday meal. The organization expects roughly 400 people to show up to their free New Year’s meal on Jan. 2.

An annual New Year’s tradition is starting to gain a large following in Prince Albert.

In January 2016, the Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) held its first New Year’s meal for the less fortunate. The event proved so popular that the executive decided to run it again in 2017

“We had such a high attendance,” said Sheryl Kimbley, the PAGC’s special events coordinator. “We realized that there was a need for it. We knew that if we just opened it up to everybody and didn’t put a limit on who was going to be served, just did the best we could, that we could make it happen.”

The New Year’s meal is one of two free dinners put on by the PAGC during the holiday season. The first meal, held on Dec. 22 at the Margo Fournier Centre, attracted roughly 450 people, well above the 300 to 400 who attended the year before.

Kimbley said they’re expecting roughly the same total for the New Year’s meal, which will be held on Jan. 2 erin 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Prince ALbert Indian and Metis Friendship Centre. The meal is open to everyone.

For more on this story, please see the Dec. 29 print or e-edition of the Daily Herald.