INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - It started over 40 years ago. Rev Mozel Sanders saw a need and did something about it. Today over 2,000 Hoosiers shared his vision to the benefit of thousands more.
The numbers are humbling. 15,000 pounds of turkey. 80,000 rolls. 4,000 cans of green beans.
"We have enough food to serve 40,000 people. That is a lot of turkey," volunteer chef Cullen Simpson served up.
The sad reality is that there is such a need. The blessing is that there are so many good people who want to do something about it.
"You are going to take meals that are already packed and put them in boxes," volunteer Kenny Davis told his co-workers. 2,000 of them volunteered on this day.
Davis has been volunteering for 23 years.
"It makes my dinner taste better at the end of the day," he said.
Simpson has been answering the call for over 30 years. It began with a plan for him to fill-in for a single year.
"That is what I was asked to do but then I woke up and I have been doing it for thirty plus years."
They're not the only ones snapping the gloves on for this assembly line of hope. More than a few young ones are stepping up as well, each in their own way.
"Everybody deserves to celebrate Thanksgiving and some people don't have food so we are trying to help people out," one young volunteer offered.
So the meals are boxed up and shipped out, mostly to area churches which have opened their doors.
And more volunteers offering to deliver them.