Organizers will be making more mashed potatoes when they prepare for Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church's 12th annual turkey supper.
"Last year we ran out of mashed potatoes," Shirley Miller said.
It's been a while since the church's Presbyterian Women ran out of food for the meal. That happened at the first one, back in 2008. That year, the women did not know how successful the meal would be and expected about 200 people to show up.
That estimate was off a lot. By the time the doors opened that year, people were lined up around the church. After an hour, the women ran out of food.
The next year they prepared for 400 had enough to go around.
Last year, the group sold well over 300 meals, but the all-you-can-eat format had diners coming back for second helpings of the homemade mashed potatoes.
The volunteers will begin preparing potatoes for this year's meal the day before they begin serving.
"We do the mashed potatoes here [in the church kitchen]," Miller said last week. "On Friday morning, we have a potato peeling party. Men and women are welcome to come and help out."
In addition to mashed potatoes, the menu will include turkey, filling, pepper cabbage, corn, cranberry sauce, pie, and coffee, tea, or water.
The price - $10 for adults, $4 for children age four through 12 - hasn't changed. As always, children younger than four may eat free. Adult-portion takeouts will be available.
"We're asking people to call the church at 717-786-3402 before 4 p.m. so we can have their takeouts available when they show up," Miller said.
Proceeds from the meal are used to help the church fund local mission projects.
The meal will be served at the church, 1199 Valley Rd. (Rt. 372), from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 12. The public is invited to attend.