Feed the Boro volunteers in Statesboro preparing for Thanksgiving

Volunteers preparing Thanksgiving meals for Feed the Boro

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - An army of volunteers in Statesboro helped cook and deliver a holiday meal to those less fortunate on Thursday.

The annual Feed The Boro Project comes together each Thanksgiving.

Over the past three decades, Feed the Boro has gone from a backyard project to feed dozens of people to a community-wide project to feed thousands. Some volunteers did the cooking, others packed the plates, while another group delivered them to those in need. The team turned out almost 3,000 holiday meals in what’s become a Statesboro tradition. Volunteers say it doesn’t really feel like work.

“I enjoy coming out and giving back a little bit to help the community,” said volunteer, Roger Smith.

“Being able to show my kids what the importance of giving is, because they’re blessed to have everything that they need,” said volunteer, Jessica Kirkland.

Organizers spend much of the year planning the meal and getting sponsors.

“There’s a need in this community. People need not only a meal, but a human touch for a day,” said Don Poe, Feed the Boro.

Poe says it also shows the heart of the community to come help provide meals. They’ve now reached into Evans and Candler counties too with churches and others helping make deliveries.

“You almost can’t put it into words because it helps so many different people. It’s what we have to do - give back the way that God gave to us,” said Rev. Alvin Williams, First African Baptist Church, Claxton.

...and giving to who wouldn’t have such a meal otherwise.

As soon as they clean up, or at least by next week, they’ll start planning for next year.

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