GLASGOW – Volunteers are preparing to feed up to 3,200 people at this year's Thanksgiving Feast at the Liberty District Ralph Bunche Community Center.
The meal is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.
Food orders for delivery can be called in to the Boys and Girls Club of Glasgow-Barren County on Wednesday by calling 270-629-3871, or on Wednesday or Thursday by calling the Bunche center at 270-834-8537.
The event is organized and presented each year by the Franklin family with help from individuals and businesses in and around the community, said Alma Glover, a member of that family who generally leads the effort.
The first year, approximately 800 meals were served.
The late Mary J. Franklin didn't want anyone to not have food on Thanksgiving and used to make extra and invite others in the community. Ernest T. Franklin, one of her sons and a brother to Glover, is credited with the idea for starting the project at the Bunche center that has become a tradition in Glasgow, now in its 11th year. He died in 2014, but his spirit lives on through the meal.
The meal of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, dressing, cranberry sauce, gravy, rolls, tea, water and desserts is free, but contributions are welcome. Checks should be made payable to "Thanksgiving Feast."
Glover said 3,005 people were fed last year, but they never really know how many to expect.
“We're going to feed as many as we can feed,” she said.
Houchens, Food Lion and Ruler Foods helped with food contributions, as did many others.
Last year, about 140 volunteers were behind the effort, and she said she anticipates about the same number this year.
Volunteers were required to attend at least one of two meetings that have already occurred prior to helping with the event.