‘Up All Night’ Thanksgiving event to feed hungry needs food donations

Matthew Strother News editor

November 1, 2013

For more than 20 years, “Up All Night” TV show host Jake Sessions has asked to the community to deliver food and volunteers for the annual Thanksgiving dinner to feed the needy. This year, he’s hoping to offer more to the expected 1,000 people to be fed in light of the closing of Parmer Brothers Grocery last year.

“They were our main source, our anchor,” Sessions said. “When we lost them, we lost a lot.”

The grocery store provided much of the food the event used for the Thanksgiving event. Although the event last year still managed to feed about 2,000 people, but Sessions said the plates didn’t have as much as we hoped to provide. With an increase in community support, he hopes to overcome that this year.

“It’s for the children, senior citizens, disabled and people down on their luck who would not otherwise get a meal on the holiday,” Sessions said.

He also wants to add those that may be living alone with no family support to his list, like widows and widowers. The event serves people throughout Troup County and into LaFayette, Ala., and Lanett, Ala.

“I always say, though, that if we have plenty of vegetables, turkey and cranberry sauce, we have a meal,” Sessions said. “… We’re hoping to feed more than 1,000 people, so most food stuff people bring helps a lot.”

Session also is hoping for plenty of volunteers. Last year, there were about 150 helping to cook, clean and deliver meals.

“It’s a fun thing to do, and it’s helping people too,” Sessions said.

Food items sought are ham, turkey, canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, dressing, macaroni and cheese, plates, carry-out containers, cups, napkins and plastic cutlery.

Donations will be taken at:

•Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home at 201 Hamilton Road.

•Good Seed Christain Bookstore on South Greenwood Street.

•WJCN TV in the Callaway Conference Center at West Georgia Technical College.

•WTRP AM 620 radio at 806 New Franklin Road.

Anyone with questions or interested in volunteering may call Sessions at 706-884-6963 or Bernice Scott at 706-616-1777. Those whose first language is Spanish may call Elisa Bates, director of multicultural services for DASH for LaGrange, at 706-298-0221 ext. 105 or 706-333-9774.