Cars began lining up during the night at Statesboro High School to receive a weeks worth of food from a huge food drop Saturday morning. The food drop was coordinated by Don Poe, Chairman of Feed the Boro(FTB) distributed food to over 1,000 Bulloch families. Feed the Boro normally provides a traditional Thanksgiving lunch to thousands in Bulloch County. The meals are prepped, cooked, plated and delivered throughout Bulloch County by hundreds of FTB volunteers.
However, due to COVID organizers could not determine a safe way to manage this years event. After meeting with Keith Wilke at Statesboro High School they determined there was a great need for food in the community.
Over six thousand children depend on lunch from Bulloch Schools daily for nutrition. With schools closed this week for the Thanksgiving break, there was a concern about these children. Considering this and the increase in demand experienced by local food banks, FTB decided to do a food drop. Instead of one hot meal, they are providing enough food for a family of four for one week.
Volunteers arrived before six in the morning to begin unloading two trucks of food. The food was set up in two rows, so the cars could drive through and the food was loaded in the trunks by volunteers.
In all over, 120 volunteers participated in the event including local Marine recruits.
“This was a huge success. The volunteers worked so hard to make sure all of these Bulloch families have a wonderful Thanksgiving week. I want to especially thank Tod Marsh and Bi-Lo along with all of the sponsors, Statesboro High School for allowing us to use their facility again, the Statesboro Police Department for assisting with traffic and Second Harvest food bank for their partnership”, said Don Poe, FTB Chair. “Once again this FTB event proves what a special, caring community we live in.”