Every year, the Logan County Community Thanksgiving Dinner serves up hundreds of free Thanksgiving meals – many of which go to families that truly need them.
This year, the Community Thanksgiving Dinner will mark its 19th year in service of Russellville and Logan County, but it has now grown to help feed even more people.
After three months of planning, volunteers from the project wrapped up a new initiative this week -Spring Break the Hunger Cycle.
“We have wanted to expand for a long time,” said Shayna O’Kelley, one of the organizers for the event. “That was one of the original goals that one of our founders had. This year was the first year that we were in a position where we could actually do that.”
The new project provided 61 families with enough groceries to feed their families for the entire week of spring break. The program served 310 people with groceries which were purchased through donations from Kroger and Meijer as well as donations from several individuals.
“We just saw that there was a need,” O’Kelley said. “There’s a lot of families that rely on the school system for meals and the week of spring break, they don’t have access to those meals.”
Additional food was provided by food drives that were held at Chandlers School and Stevenson Elementary.
“They put a big dent in what we needed,” O’Kelley said.
Volunteers met Monday afternoon to pick up four pallets of groceries plus a tower of bread trays from Walmart and then sorted groceries and assembled boxes for each family at the Logan Todd Baptist Building until late that evening. Each family had at least three boxes of groceries, plus a voucher for milk and eggs.
Volunteers gathered again early on Tuesday morning to finish assembling the boxes and to get the deliveries organized.
“We would love to do it again,” O’Kelley said. “I think this is something that all the volunteers would like to continue. If we do it again next year, we will need a bigger pool of volunteers.”
The family resource centers at area schools were used to help identify which families would most need the food and they also helped with distributing the food.
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