For many, a Thanksgiving meal is taken for granted, but financial
challenges or other issues may mean sparse provisions for many residents in Statesboro
and Bulloch and surrounding counties.
A local effort, Feed the Boro, has helped make Thanksgiving a blessing for families and individuals in need for more than 20 years. Volunteers and contributions are always needed to make Feed the Boro a success year after year, according to event chairman Don Poe.
Feed the Boro will provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal to nearly 3,000 citizens in addition to public safety workers in Bulloch, Evans and Candler counties who are missing a Thanksgiving meal due to work, and that number is growing, he said. Also, they will serve any visiting family hospitalized at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, along with nurses, doctors and staff who are working on Thanksgiving.
“On Wednesday, Nov. 27, volunteers will begin deboning turkeys, plating desserts, taping up boxes and organizing the meal line,” Poe said. “Volunteers will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday and work throughout the day. On Thursday, volunteers will begin at 7 a.m. preparing the food lines and begin plating at 8 a.m. and distributing food at 10 a.m.
“If you are in town, I encourage you to volunteer in some way. It is one of the most rewarding events I am involved in throughout the year.”
Again this year, citizens are welcome to come to the Statesboro High School cafeteria and eat a Thanksgiving meal instead of having it delivered to their home. This creates a sense of community for some that may be home alone. Meals will be served at Statesboro High from 10 a.m. until noon.
“Even though people are thrilled to get a free Thanksgiving meal delivered to them, many citizens are alone with no family and would enjoy being with others to celebrate this special holiday,” Poe said. “This is why we are opening the SHS cafeteria again this year for citizens to dine in with others.
“Also, we want to remind citizens that anyone is eligible for a free meal. We do not place any financial or other restrictions on this meal. If you need or want us to provide a Thanksgiving meal to you, a friend or family member, all you have to do is call.”
If you are unable to come to the school, meals will continue to be delivered to homes. To reserve a spot for your family to eat Thanksgiving lunch at SHS or to have meals delivered, call Christian Social Ministry at (912) 489-2407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 15. Include the number of people in your family and if you want to dine in or have food delivered. For deliveries, please include an address, the number of people in the household and a cellphone number.
Agencies, churches or other organizations who have members who need to be fed that have not been contacted by a Feed the Boro volunteer can reach out also to make sure their group is on the list this year.
If you would like to help by volunteering at Statesboro High on Wednesday or Thursday, visit the Feed the Boro page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/feedboro) to sign up.
Another way the community can help is by sponsoring a meal for an
individual or a family. Each sponsored meal is $2.50, and you may sponsor as
many as you wish.
We are in need of funding! Donations checks can be written to Feed the Boro, 701 Baytree Lane, Statesboro, Georgia 30458.
You can give through the Paypal link on Feed the Boro’s Facebook page or mail your check to Feed the Boro, 701 Baytree Lane, Statesboro, GA 30458.
“We want to especially thank Bi-Lo for once again stepping up this year as our presenting sponsor,” Poe said. “Local Bi-Lo Manager Tod Marsh and his staff have been very engaged in the planning for this year’s event. Without the presenting, platinum sponsors and all of our corporate and individual sponsors, this would not be possible.”
Platinum sponsors include D&R Automotive, First United Methodist Church, J.C. Lewis Ford and Sega Golf. Gold sponsors include BlueSky Wallcoverings, Davis Marketing, Homestar Financial, Lori Grice Photography and Remax Eagle Creek Realty. Silver sponsors include Premier Dental, Chicken Salad Chick and Queensborough National Bank. Bronze sponsors include The Hunter Group Century 21, ERA Hirsch Realty, Statesboro Oral Surgery, Tippins Polk Construction and StateFarm Insurance Ginger Larabee.