Community Center offers drive-thru Thanksgiving luncheon

Darryl Nugent, the recreational program coordinator at the South Mainland Community Center in Micco, right, looks forward to welcoming everyone.

South Mainland Community Center in Micco invites its local community and surrounding area to a free drive-thru Thanksgiving luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20.

An RSVP by Nov. 13 is required. 

More than 100 meals were served at last year’s Thanksgiving luncheon on site and it was deemed a huge success by the staff. This year, with COVID-19, the center staff will hand-deliver meals to citizens in their cars as they drive up.

Providing meals is one of many regular programs the center offers. In addition, programs offered Mondays through Fridays include youth and after-school care. The center also runs programs for seniors, such as pickleball and the popular Big Kid Adventure that organizes day trips for seniors.

The center was closed earlier during the pandemic and partially reopened in the summer just in time for youth summer camp. In accordance with Brevard County guidelines, it is now fully operational. Wearing masks is suggested and social distancing is practiced. Attendance in general, however, is lower than pre-pandemic. 

Darryl D. Nugent has been the recreation program coordinator at the center for the past two years. 

"I hope everybody comes back as I look forward to meeting new people and welcoming back everyone," he said. "We have a new floor for basketball. One of my main focuses is to get to know citizens in this area. We are located in the community and we want to grow our programs here. We are offering different activities for the community and we want to know what the community wants as well."

South Mainland Community Center falls under the Parks and Recreation Department of Brevard County Government. It is located at 3700 Allen Ave in Micco in a 10.38-acre community park featuring a gymnasium and canopied playground.

For more information about activities and programs and to RSVP for the free drive-thru Thanksgiving luncheon on Nov. 20, call 772-663-8748.