Knoxville church donates hundreds of Thanksgiving meals

Knoxville church donates hundreds of Thanksgiving meals

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Praise Temple Holiness Church members buy the food, cook, package and deliver the meals to those in need. Praise Temple Holiness Church members buy the food, cook, package and deliver the meals to those in need.
All the food, from the turkey and mashed potatoes, to the cranberry sauce, is going to feed about 500 people. All the food, from the turkey and mashed potatoes, to the cranberry sauce, is going to feed about 500 people.
This is the 14th year Praise Temple Holiness Church has served meals to the needy on Thanksgiving, spending more than $1,000 on food. This is the 14th year Praise Temple Holiness Church has served meals to the needy on Thanksgiving, spending more than $1,000 on food.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville church is feeding hundreds of people a Thanksgiving meal at no charge. Praise Temple Holiness Church members buy the food, cook, package and deliver the meals to those in need.

They started cooking at 6:00 Thursday morning.

"Very long day, but when you think about the reasons why you do it, it makes it all worth it," member Tami Pankey said.

All the food, from the turkey and mashed potatoes, to the cranberry sauce, is going to feed about 500 people.

"It has grown beyond our wildest dreams this year, so it's a blessing," Pankey said.

To cook and package all these meals takes a lot of volunteers, like Greg Askew. He's been helping deliver the meals for the past eight Thanksgivings.

"There's a lot of people out there who are less fortunate. We just want to give back to those who maybe don't have family, or don't have anything to eat for Thanksgiving," Askew said.

Most of the meals get taken to local senior centers, where some of the residents say without this program, they wouldn't be having a Thanksgiving meal today.

"I like it. I probably wouldn't have no meal if they didn't," senior center resident Tony Allen said.

After the meals are delivered, the congregation hits the streets to hand out what's left.

"Of course if anybody is hungry, no matter if they're young or old, if they came by and said I want a dinner, we're going to be able to provide that dinner," Pankey said.

This is the 14th year the church has done this, spending more than $1,000 on food.

 

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