Volunteers use Statesboro High cafeteria to pack thousands of meals for the needy

Volunteers pack thousands of meals for the needy at Statesboro High.

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - The cafeteria at Statesboro High School looked even busier than on a school day.

Volunteers started as early as last night prepping food to cook, pack and deliver 3,000 Thanksgiving meals.

Teams cooked gallons of greens, tons of turkey and more. Organizers say more local people do without than others would imagine.

"People look at 3,000 meals and might think there's not that many needy. But there's a thing called the working poor and they're barely making it," said Don Poe, with Feed the Boro.

Other volunteers take the meals and deliver them for folks to eat in their own home. The late Jimmy Anthony started the project two decades ago. His family can't believe how the project has grown.

"I'm so proud that this has continued even after daddy is gone. The last time he was able to come, he was just grinning from ear to ear just so proud," said Susan Lee Anthony, the founder's daughter.

It carries on through a new generation, who say they appreciate their own holiday more now.

"I'm thankful more now than before I started doing this. I look at all these people are here to cook for the people who don't have Thanksgiving," said volunteer Ce-arra Wilkerson.

Just as soon as they finish Thursday, they'll start planning for next year.

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