Project Hunger gives over 1000 Thanksgiving meals to families in need

Published: Nov. 21, 2020 at 5:20 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - It’s been rough for families during the Coronavirus pandemic and some of them can’t afford to eat ham, turkey and all the fixings on Thanksgiving, but Project Hunger in Grand Island handed out meals on Saturday to help them put food on the table.

“It feels really good helping out these families. There is a lot of struggles especially this year,” said Project Hunger Board Member Jeff Williams.

Project Hunger gave away 1,040 boxes at Fonner Park to high schools, churches and other organizations in the community.

“The organizations get a list of people’s needs, come here, help us pack up the food, took about an hour, and then they’re picking it up and taking it back to distribute to those families in need,” Williams said.

In the boxes were ham, vegetables, potatoes, pies, rolls and other ingredients. They picked up the food Friday night, and managed, with the help of several volunteers, to fill all the boxes in less than an hour.

“I helped box the stuff. I walked the lines and let the people box them and technically it was a lot of course,” said volunteer Jamie Riley. “It was really exhausting.”

Normally they do this event at Trinity Lutheran School, but this year Project Hunger moved it the state fairgrounds and did it drive-thru style to make it COVID-19 friendly.

“We’ve been able to use Fonner park here, the facility here, the cattle barn, and we’re pretty much I think almost done here in the next hour, so it’s more efficient,” Grand Island Senior High ROTC Director Hin Nyguyen said.

The GISH ROTC program helps out every year, and this time there were about 20 of them who volunteered to help.

“It’s really nice to be able to distribute the food out to all the folks who need it just to have a Thanksgiving,” Nyguyen said.

Project Hunger does several fundraisers throughout the year to help sponsor this event, and this year they raised record breaking numbers.

“In the past we’ve usually been in the 900′s but this year we did break 1,000 - how fast it went, it really makes us feel good,” Williams said.

Organizers said the community really stepped up and donated more money this year, and it helped them provide more food boxes to families during this holiday season.

Project Hunger will be at the Salvation Army on Nov. 27 to pass out meals to people in need.

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