SAVANNAH, GA – Thousands will hit the roads this week for Thanksgiving. Millions will sit at a table to eat a traditional meal.
Here in Savannah, hundreds are left not certain how they will afford a turkey or have anything on their table.
That’s where faith and non profit based groups come in prepping a dish to fight hunger.
“It’s one thing to say ‘I love you’ it’s another thing to show it,” says Bible and Prayer Ministries member Aysha Parks.
Local churches and non profit organizations in Savannah are showing their love in the form of food for the needy this weekend.
“There are so many people out in the community that do not have a meal, that do not have a family this time of year so we just want to show them some love,” says Vanessa who is the event coordinator.
That’s why volunteers and members of Bible and Prayer ministries along Waters avenue gave out hot thanksgiving meals.
More than one in four Savannah residents lives beneath the poverty level according to Census numbers. Members of Step Up Savannah say in the African American community alone, nearly 60% of people are living without a way to pay for a meal.
“Unfortunately poverty smacks us in our face everyday. we deal with so many issues from our children going to school and making sure they have a great meal at school and just being able to help out families i think that’s why our organizer came up with this,” says Parks.
So this weekends free community dinner marks a gesture these volunteers hope many will stop and take notice this holiday season.
“I get a joy to see them come out and to be blessed with this, it’s a joy, I enjoy helping people,” says Vanessa.
There are several events this week to help feed the hungry in Savannah before the Thanksgiving holiday;
On Monday, November 23, the National Junior Honor Society and Student Council will be packing the donation boxes. Students have also collected money and will be purchasing frozen turkeys to donate to those who are in need this Thanksgiving. The food will be given to families already identified by the St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church and to the Social Apostolate of Savannah.
Savannah Feed the Hungry also has several events taking place next week to feed the hungry. You can find a list of them including the November 24th National Guard Armory dinner by following this link.