Local church continues tradition of feeding 10,000 people for Thanksgiving
High Point, N.C. — A local church is following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ as it prepares to feed 10,000 people this Thanksgiving.
Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church, located at 3400 Triangle Lake Road in High Point, has stockpiled enough food to feed thousands of people and looks forward to giving it away to ensure that local families in need can come together and give thanks on Nov. 23 without worrying about the cost associated with a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Now in its eighth year, a project designed to feed 5,000 people in 2011 has been revamped and grown throughout the years to accommodate up to 10,000 people. In today’s rocky economy and with the increasing trend of food deserts in the city, the church and its Pastor hopes that the food will be a blessing to those in need.
“God has blessed us so it’s important for us to pass that blessing along to others that may be in need,” said Rev. Robert J. Williams. “We want these items to help those who are hungry or may not have the resources to be able to get what they need.”
Beginning in May, congregants began bringing food items every month. For example, May was green bean month, June was corn month, and so on. In November, funds are collected so that turkeys can be purchased in bulk in time to pack the boxes for distribution.
“We’ve worked hard to collect these items so that others don’t have to,” Williams said.
Each box is filled with the results of the last few months offering. It includes a turkey, green beans, corn, a starch of some sort (macaroni and cheese, potatoes or rice), stuffing, yams and cranberry sauce. The meal is expected to feed at least a family of five.
This year the boxes will be given away on a first come, first serve basis.
There will be several opportunities for media to get a story, a quick video or a few pictures:
- Packing Day – Church members and local civic organizations will pack the boxes for distribution on Nov. 19at 6:30 p.m. This is typically done in an assembly line set-up. It offers media a chance to speak with the pastor and volunteers about why they wanted to help, along with allowing viewers/readers a chance to see the process.
- Distribution Day– Boxes will be given out Nov. 20 beginning at 10 a.m. The boxes are first come, first serve so there is typically a large line of people outside the church waiting to receive their box. This allows media to speak with those in need about why they came out, what they think of the project and how it benefits their families. It also offers another chance to speak with the pastor and volunteers.