For an entire year, the Feed the Boro Committee led by Kimberly Forstrom has planned for its largest event of the year, providing Thanksgiving lunch to thousands of local residents.
From raising money, organizing, planning and preparing, the committee has received overwhelming support from our community once again this year. Bulloch County is one of the most loving and giving communities and Thanksgiving morning that will be on full display.
Beginning at noon today, volunteers at Statesboro High School will be led by Karen Phipps from the Statesboro Soup Kitchen and Beverly Johnson from SHS. They will coordinate volunteers who will begin prepping for the Thanksgiving meals. From cooking and deboning turkeys, slicing and packaging desserts and assembling boxes, the volunteers will work into the evening.
The Knights of Columbus from St. Matthew Catholic Church, once again, will deep fry about 40 turkeys that will be used to feed our public safety workers who give up time with their families to ensure we all are safe.
Patrick Robertson is leading a team in organizing routes for the hundreds of deliveries that will be made and will coordinate this massive delivery effort throughout the day on Thursday.
On Thanksgiving morning, volunteers will arrive at 7 a.m. and start assembling the lines and filling them with food that volunteers have worked through the night cooking. The volunteers will plate and package for delivery more than 2,000 traditional Thanksgiving meals with Turkey and dressing, turnip greens, candied yams, snap beans, a roll and dessert.
Volunteers will begin delivering the Thanksgiving lunch around 9 a.m. to every part of our community. More than 100 police, fire, EMT’s and other public safety workers will be fed along with hundreds of elderly, shut-in’s, our neighbors and anyone who wants a hot Thanksgiving meal, regardless of income.
This year, Feed the Boro has partnered with East Georgia Regional Medical Center and will be providing Thanksgiving lunch to all the family members who have loved ones in the hospital.
FTB is also sending meals to Evans and Candler Counties where volunteers will distribute them.
“No one will go hungry this Thanksgiving in Bulloch County thanks to this loving and giving community in which we live,” Forstrom said. “We all have so much to be thankful for this year. Our community is once again coming together to show the overwhelming love we have for every citizen we know as our friends and neighbors. This is what makes our community great and what makes me proud to call Statesboro home.”
In addition to volunteers, there are many other organizations and people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to pull this event off.
A special thanks to Statesboro High principal Dr. Ken LeCain for allowing Feed the Boro to use the school to prepare and distribute the meals. Also, to Pastor John Long with Christian Social Ministry Food Bank who coordinates food supplies and handles intake of the families who request meals. And to Don Poe who leads the fundraising efforts and works tirelessly to make sure everything is in place logistically for the event to run smoothly.
Feed the Boro wants to especially recognize Tod Marsh and Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Bi-Lo Statesboro, for donating 200 12-15 pound turkeys.
Marsh is the store manager, he said, “Thanksgiving should be spent enjoying time with friends and family, not worrying about how to put food on the table. We’re grateful to have the opportunity to work with Feed the Boro to ensure every neighbor has the opportunity to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.”
If you have not signed up for a Thanksgiving meal or know of a family that may need a meal and who has not signed up, you can go to Statesboro High between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day and either pick up a meal or dine in at the school. The dine-in option allows people who may spend Thanksgiving alone an opportunity to be with others in our community.
We are told in Acts 20:35, “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
There will be many blessings this Thanksgiving in our community by both those receiving and by those giving through the Feed the Boro effort.