Rows of tables filled a hangar at the Flagler County Airport last week, and soon those tables were overflowing with donations to the Team Feed Flagler project.
The United Way community team Chicks With Cans was once again the group that donated the most food, but Flagler Schools gave the Chicks a run for their money: The top school, Bunnell Elementary, donated more than 600 pounds of non-perishable items to the Feed Flagler Food Drive.
This year’s event shifted from a community Thanksgiving meal to helping families have their own meals at home. The countywide food drive collected food for more than 500 boxes, complete with turkeys and 50,000 pounds of nonperishable food donated to Grace Community Food Pantry and the Flagler Resource Center, a food pantry operated by the Church Women United.
“It is heartwarming to see the community come together and help provide the Flagler Community Thanksgiving Celebration,” County Commissioner Nate McLaughlin said. “Many hands make the work light.
We have volunteers across the county taking part in this event.”
With the focus of this year’s event shifting to boxed meals, the number of hot meal sites for the Feed Flagler Community Thanksgiving Celebration changed from 11 to three, with two meals served Wednesday, at Hammock First Baptist Church and First AME Church.
Another hot meal will be served noon to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, at Bunnell First United Methodist Church, 205 Pine St. The public is welcome at all three sites.