For many, a Thanksgiving meal is taken for granted, but financial challenges or other issues may mean sparse provisions for friends and neighbors in Bulloch, Evans and Candler counties.
A local Statesboro effort, Feed the Boro, has helped make Thanksgiving a blessing for families and individuals in need for over 20 years.
Feed the Boro will provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal to over 4,000 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. They will also serve any visiting family hospitalized at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, along with nurses, doctors and staff working on Thanksgiving.
FTB coordinator for the Candler County distribution is Virginia Ann Waters. She will be coordinating the distribution of 500 Thanksgiving meals in Candler County on Thanksgiving Day.
When John Miles was elected Candler County Sheriff, he and his wife Heidi started personally coming to Statesboro every Thanksgiving to pick up the meals for Candler. They deliver them back and help with the distribution.
Other members of the Feed the Boro Metter team include Annette McCray, Abraham Rodriguez, Adelina Gomez, Cornelius and Ann Dekle, Shayla and Tank Donaldson, Susan Donaldson and Lucy Brown.
“On Wednesday, November 27th, volunteers will begin deboning turkeys, plating desserts, taping up boxes and organizing the meal line. Volunteers will begin at 12:30 on Wednesday and work throughout the day”, said DeWayne Grice, FTB Volunteer.
“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 home for Thanksgiving, I encourage you to volunteer in some way with this massive Thanksgiving event. It is one of the most rewarding events I am involved in throughout the year.”
Again, this year, citizens will be able to come to Statesboro High School cafeteria and eat a Thanksgiving meal instead of having them delivered to their home. This creates a “sense of community” for some that may be home alone. Meals will also be served at SHS from 10 a.m. until 12 noon.
“Even though people are thrilled to get a free Thanksgiving meal delivered to them, many of these citizens are alone with no family and would enjoy being with others to celebrate this special holiday,” said Grice. “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 would like to help by volunteering at in Statesboro at SHS on Wednesday or Thursday, go to the Feed the Boro page on Facebook @feedtheboro to sign up. They are especially looking for more delivery drivers on Thanksgiving to deliver meals.
Another way the community can help is to sponsor a meal for an individual or a family. For a contribution of $15 you can sponsor six meals. $25, 10 meals; $100, 40 meals, etc. It costs only $2.50 per meal to feed the community a hot meal on Thanksgiving.
You can give through the paypal link on @feedtheboro or mail your check written to Feed the Boro, 701 Baytree Lane, Statesboro, Georgia 30458.
“We want to especially thank Bi-Lo for once again stepping up this year as our Presenting Sponsor,” said Don Poe, FTB Chair. “Statesboro 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.”
With your help, this will be another great Thanksgiving for our community, providing many of our citizens with a warm, fulfilling meal but more importantly, hope, love and fellowship.
Special thanks to all of this year’s sponsors. Platinum sponsors: D & R Automotive, First United Methodist Church, J.C. Lewis Ford and Sega Golf; Gold sponsors: BlueSky Wallcoverings, Davis Marketing, Homestar Financial, Lori Grice Photography and Remax Eagle Creek Realty; Silver sponsors: Premier Dental, Chicken Salad Chick and Queensborough National Bank; Bronze Sponsors: The Hunter Group Century 21, ERA Hirsch Realty, Statesboro Oral Surgery, Tippins Polk Construction and State Farm Insurance Ginger Larabee.