SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Every holiday for the past nine years, Karen Williams has been working to make sure hundreds of others enjoy a Thanksgiving and a Christmas meal. She is a key volunteer for Feed the Hungry which over the years has provided food, toys and cheer to hundreds in need at what can be on of the most stressful and lonely times of the year.
Feed the Hungry is gearing up for its 11th year of serving those in need throughout the Coastal Empire. It’s well into the planning for three upcoming dinners (one in Sylvania on Saturday and two others later in Savannah for Thanksgiving and Christmas) and Williams says the organization needs donations.
While the economy has improved for many of us, Williams says in a number of ways some lower-income are still struggling.
“I agree the economy is better, however, there’s still a great need,” she said. “Some people are still living paycheck to paycheck and that’s just reality. However, we’re here to help and to fill that gap.”
For Williams and others who plan and volunteer at the gatherings, it’s not just about providing food, it’s about letting those who attend know that they’re not alone. “But we want it to feel like family and so they can feel the enjoyment of being around family and community as well as having a great holiday meal,” said Williams.
She says for the Christmas dinner they will need toys and lots of them. Williams says for some children who attend it “may be the only toy they receive.”
Feed the Hungry is asking anyone who wants to donate turkeys, canned green beans, corn and candied yams as well as unwrapped toys to bring them to the Empowerment Center at 4704 Augusta Road in Garden City (across from Groves). She says you should be able to come between the hours of 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Williams says they are counting on the community as they always do.
“We never run out of food and we’re depending on the community to come together during this time to help,” she says.
Feed the Hungry Inc. invites families to enjoy hot, delicious meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas, along with other events, like live music, free haircuts and toy giveaways.
Check out the full dinner schedule below.
- Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. at Merlee’s Hall (113 Maple Street in Sylvania)
- Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 4 p.m. at John S. Delaware Center (1815 Lincoln Street in Savannah)
- Saturday, Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. at Windsor Forest Community Center (308 Briarcliff Circle in Savannah)
For more information on the events, call 912-436-7380 or visit Savannah Feed the Hungry online here.