For many, a Thanksgiving meal is taken for granted, but financial challenges mean sparse provisions for many people right here in the Statesboro and Bulloch County community.
A local effort, Feed the Boro, has helped make Thanksgiving a blessing for families and individuals in need for over 20 years, and volunteers are still needed to make it happen, said organizer Robin Aspinwall.
Feed the Boro will provide a hearty holiday meal to more than 2,000 people, and that number is growing, she said.
On Wednesday, Nov. 25, "We will begin deboning turkeys, plating deserts, taping up boxes and organizing the meal line," she said. "We will need volunteers at the Statesboro High School cafeteria Wednesday afternoon from 4-8 p.m. and Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m."
Meals will be delivered to families between 10 a.m. and noon.
“This has been a 20-plus year tradition,” Aspinwall said. “There are so many great memories. I especially remember the faces of the children as they received a bottle of water. I never knew how something so small could mean so much.”
Anyone who knows of a family in need is encouraged to sign them up to receive a meal. Aspinwall may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending a message via the group's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/feedboro. There, volunteers also can register, she said.
Anyone who wishes to make a tax-deductible donation to help pay for the endeavor may write checks to the Statesboro Food Bank, Inc. (write "Feed the Boro" on the memo line). Donations can be mailed to 23 Jef Road, Statesboro, GA 30458.