MADISON, Wis. -

Families in need have always turned to one Lutheran church on Madison's far west side for a warm Thanksgiving meal. This year was no different.

The Good Shepard Lutheran Church has been serving almost 350 people each Thanksgiving for 18 years. The meals are prepared and served by volunteers. 

The church organizer says being able to give back brings a sense of community and the ability to spend time with other people to those who may not be able to otherwise.

"It makes a big difference to have a nice warm meal on this day but also to be with other people," said Pastor Sheryl Erikson. "I think that's one of the biggest things this meal provides is that you don't have to be alone on Thanksgiving day."

The meals were complete with turkey, cranberries, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.