Thanksgiving meals to be provided
Posted: Thursday, November 13, 2008 8:55 pm
By CHRIS MENEES
Messenger Staff Reporter
The response to the Community Feeding of the 5,000 has been tremendous — both in food being donated and in requests for assistance from those in need.
The annual Community Feeding of the 5,000 — an effort based on the biblical account of Jesus’ feeding a multitude with a little boy’s lunch of fish and bread — is set for Nov. 24 at Union City First Baptist Church’s Family Life Center at 509 East Church St.
Meals will be available for dine-in, carry-out or delivery for those in need throughout the community, as well as for anyone who would benefit from a hot meal and fellowship with others. The dine-in meals will be served from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Family Life Center, while the delivery meals will be assembled across the street in the kitchen in the church’s main building starting earlier in the day.
To submit the name of someone who would benefit from receiving a meal, call 885-2704 or 335-0292.
This year’s menu will feature a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey and dressing, gravy, green beans, cooked apples, cranberry sauce and rolls, with pie for dessert.
Meal co-coordinator Hattie Lou Brown said the response from churches of all denominations, businesses, organizations, schools and individuals throughout the community has been great. She said the majority of the prepared food items for the meal have been donated by volunteers, but there is still a need for canned goods and monetary donations to provide bags of groceries to less fortunate families throughout the community.
“The greatest need right now would be for groceries,” Mrs. Brown said. “People have responded tremendously well on the food and we’re in pretty good shape there. We’re short on the cranberry sauce but we’ll get that, but the monetary gifts are what’s needed now. The demand has been great from people wanting meals and groceries. The phone rings all day long.
“The response has been good, but the demands are constant. We see the needs,” she added.
Monetary donations to help purchase food for bags of groceries may be mailed to Community
Feeding of the 5,000, P.O. Box 354, Union City, TN 38281.
Students at Union City High School, Union City Middle School and Union City Elementary School are currently in the midst of food drives to collect canned goods and non-perishable food items for the Community Feeding of the 5,000’s grocery bags. Last year, students collected 10,000 cans — which were a tremendous asset in filling the 600 bags of groceries that were distributed to those in need during the 2007 event.
The many items being collected will be sorted and placed in grocery bags on Nov. 22, the Saturday before the Community Feeding of the 5,000 is staged.
While a limited number of volunteers will be needed and welcomed on Nov. 24, many more volunteers will be needed on Nov. 22 to help sack the groceries and pre-slice pies for the meal.
“We need help ahead of time,” Mrs. Brown said. “Saturday, Nov. 22, would be a great time to help. The Scouts are coming at that time.”
Anyone interested in volunteering their time may call 885-2704 or 335-0292 to see when and how they can help.
“The demands are great and the response has been tremendous,” Mrs. Brown said. “We still need help, of course.”
The 5,000 pre-Thanksgiving meals to be served or delivered on Nov. 24 stretch well beyond Obion County. Organizers of the effort are reaching out to all of the area senior citizens groups — including those in Obion, Lake, Weakley and Dyer counties — and are utilizing many other ministries, churches, agencies and resources that help meet the needs of seniors or families in need throughout the community.
For example, Mrs. Brown said requests have been made for 60 meals for Tiptonville senior citizens and another 50 meals for those in Ridgely.
“That’s how far-reaching this is,” she added.