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“The reality of children going hungry in our community is unacceptable” stated Brooke Waters, counselor at Foley Elementary School, “We have to address the ever growing problem of hunger among our students and their families.” Foley Elementary School, along with area churches, businesses and organizations, is once again stepping up to meet that need.  The Third Annual Turkey Take Out is gearing up to feed an estimated 750 people this year, many of whom are the families of students at Foley Elementary School and the Foley feeder schools such as Magnolia Springs, Swift, Summerdale and Elberta. 

Turkey Take Out is a community partnership of churches, businesses and organizations with Foley Elementary School that began in 2010 when local pastoral leaders and active community citizens learned of the severe need of many of the School’s students.  “With over seventy percent of the school’s population at poverty level or below and over 100 students labeled as ‘homeless’, we couldn’t look the other way and do nothing to help” said Ginny Barnas, owner of Island Air, Inc. and one of the organizers of Turkey Take Out.  Turkey Take Out was established to provide families with a warm meal on Thanksgiving Day as well as non perishable food items to fill the pantries of those in need. 

Last year’s Turkey Take Out fed over 200 families represtenting over 1,000 people on Thanksgiving Day and collected thousands of canned foods to deliver to these families as well as stock the pantry at Foley Elementary School to give to students in need throughout the school year. The Thanksgiving meal of turkey, dressing, green beans, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls and pie was prepared, packaged and delivered with the help of more than 150 volunteers over two days.  Columbia Southern University, Mellow Mushroom, Chick-Fil-A, Wal-Mart and Starbucks are just a few of the area businesses that provided much needed donations of canned foods, monetary donations, tea for delivery to families and coffee for volunteers. There were also many generous donors who provided the financial ability to purchase all of the food that was cooked and delivered.  “The response by the pastors, business leaders and community to help the children of our school has been overwhelming. I am so humbled by the willingness of so many people to provide this service to our children and meet the needs of our students and their families. The response is proof that people really do care, are willing to help their neighbor and that there is hope for those who are down trodden” said Dr. William Lawrence, principal of Foley Elementary School.

We are asking you to partner with us in our 4th Annual Turkey Take Out. 


Serving. Donating. Collecting.

Collect: Your family, group or organization can collect non-perishable items to be delivered with each Thanksgiving dinner. Drop them by Foley Elementary School during the month of November.



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