Nearly 300 people throughout Morgan County took advantage of the free Thanksgiving meal made possible by Calvary Baptist Church and the Morgan County Board of Education.
About 100 volunteers prepared meals at Morgan County High School on Thanksgiving Day, serving families in the cafeteria or delivering takeout meals to people’s homes.
“It went extremely well,” said Angela Daniel, administrator for Calvary Baptist Church in Madison. “It was well organized and everyone did their part. It was wonderful to see our community working together to help those who really need it. This is all about servanthood and doing the will of God. He uses us to help those who need it.”
Daniel went on to thank all of the donors who made this year’s Thanksgiving Community Meal possible, including the Morgan County Board of Education, the Morgan County Branch of the NAACP, Bank of Madison, Reverend Alfred Murray, Episcopal Church of the Advent, George Warren, Madison Mayor Fred Perriman, Ben Patel, Ingles, No Limit Motorcycle Club, Harvest Time Church, and Smyrna Baptist Church.
For decades, Calvary Baptist Church has partnered with local organizations to host this Thanksgiving Community Meal to ensure everyone has a place to go with good food to eat on this beloved holiday. The annual community meal has a long history in Morgan County.
“The event began at Calvary along with Saint Paul’s AME Church over 35 years ago and it is still going strong,” said Daniel. “After the event grew larger, we moved to the High school to better accommodate the mass feeding. Flyers are distributed to Calvary’s Food Bank customers, Caring Place customers, and other areas around town to get the word out about the meal.”
Because of Calvary Baptist’s annual community service project, local families were able to dine on traditional Thanksgiving cuisine courtesy of local community volunteers and churches.
“The Mission is to make sure that people have a meal on Thanksgiving Day. It’s just nice to fellowship with everyone that comes out to volunteer.”