The 15th annual Community Thanksgiving meal served Logan County in record-breaking numbers this year.
In all, right around 800 people were fed free of charge on Thursday, according to Annie Hall, the chairperson for this year’s event.
Of those 800, 686 of the meals were delivers - that’s way up from the 466 that were delivered lat year.
“That’s more than 200 from what we had last year,” Hall said. “I think there was a need in the community this year.”
There was over 5o turkeys cooked and carved for the meals, and plenty of green beans, sweet potatoes, dressing and mashed potatoes as well - but there was just enough to feed everyone, where in the past there was always plenty of leftovers.
“Our food donations were down this year,” Hall said. “We usually have a lot of people that drop off food, but there wasn’t as much this year. We had to buy more food than we normally do. That only goes to show that the community is feeling the economy right now I guess people are struggling just to get enough on their tables because there weren’t as many personal donations as there was last year.”
But in the end, everything went smoothly.
There was plenty of volunteers to cook all the food and get the meals delivered.
“It went really well,” Hall said.
The Community Thanksgiving began at Russellville First Presbyterian Church, but it has grown so much over the years that it has become a true ecumenical undertaking.
“This year we had something like 15-17 different churches getting involved and helping,” Hall said.
Hall said that she’s like to thank everyone - individuals and businesses alike - that made this year’s event a success.
“We couldn’t have done it without all of them,” she said.