The 24th annual Love Feast will be today at the Rome Civic Center. The free dinner will begin at 11 a.m. and will last until 2 p.m. or until the food runs out.
In 2011 the feast served 3,000 people from across the area. Traditional Thanksgiving cuisine will be served along with pizza donated by Pizza Hut, an event sponsor. Other sponsors are Redmond Regional Medical Center and Southeastern Mills.
Those wishing to contribute to the event may send checks payable to “Thanksgiving Love Feast” to P.O. Box 161, Rome, GA 30161.
Feed Polk County, an event organized by the local group Compassion Building, will serve meals from three locations today.
Meals will consist of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and corn.
Victory Baptist Church, located at 15 Hendrix Road, will be the main site for meal distribution. Serving time will be from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m.
Meals will also be served in the parking lot beside Casey’s grocery store in Cedartown from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and in Rockmart at the Morning Star Baptist Church Annex on Cedartown Highway from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
According to organizers Tara Payne and Rydell Palmer, meals will also be delivered to individuals and families that are homebound. Those who need delivery must call 678-953-0468 or 678-478-8349 and place their order.
This is the second year that Feed Polk County has served free meals on Thanksgiving Day. Last year, 4,100 people were served, but this year Payne hopes to feed 5,000.
According to Palmer, it takes about 300 volunteers to make an event like this successful.
“We get so much help from the community and from churches,” Payne said. “A lot of people hear about us through word-of-mouth and they will come to help. We can always use volunteers.”
Palmer said the event involves hours of hard work and planning, but the result is worth it.
“People ask about the reason why we do this — just look outside your door,” Palmer said. “You can see people in need, people that are hungry walking around every day that don’t have anything to eat. If that’s not a reason to help, I don’t know what is.”