Statesboro Volunteers Feed Thousands

Food prepared for delivery.
Food prepared for delivery.

For many, the Thanksgiving holiday is all about helping others. A dozen years ago, a few people in Statesboro planned a meal for the needy that has gotten bigger and bigger.

So Statesboro High School's cafeteria is never quiet on Thanksgiving. Volunteers fill the kitchen as they cook a holiday meal for the less fortunate. What started as a backyard effort to feed 100 or so has grown to reach close to 2,500 this year.

"There's a plethora of reasons people need help," said volunteer Lisa Jones. "We're just trying to say here's hope. Here's hope today, that's all."

The hope comes in the way of 95 turkeys, 40 pans of cornbread dressing and 140 gallons each of yams, turnips, and beans.

"The secret of these turnip greens is fresh turnip roots, canned greens, ham hocks and a whole lot of heat," said volunteer Greg Roberts.

An assembly line of angels makes each plate. "I got here say quarter till eight and I'll be here till 11 cause I've got to go to work at 11:30," said volunteer Ashley Hice.

Getting the food and fixing the meal is only half the challenge. Volunteers will travel around Bulloch and surrounding counties, logging 1,000 miles to gets plates on every table.

"There's always some moment when you finish, no matter how tired you are," said program founder Jimmy Anthony. "I'm going to do this until I die and I hope somebody will take over then."

Volunteers say they're just thankful for the chance to help others.

They also take meals to all working police, fire and emergency medical personnel. Volunteers bring the remaining food to the Union Mission in Savannah.

Reported by: Dal Cannady,