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GetFed to hand out meals before Thanksgiving

Local nonprofit GetFed plans to hand out about 300 meals to residents on Sunday, Nov. 22 at Immanuel Ministries in LaGrange. 

The meals are free and available to anyone, though GetFed co-founder Quay Boddie said they are targeting the homeless and less fortunate. 

Meals are first-come, first-serve and will be served starting at 1 p.m.

Immanuel Ministries is located at 135 Buena Vista Ave.

GetFed has been providing food and fellowship to the community for four years, especially during the holiday season. 

“Nothing makes us feel better than to have these annual events or to just do the type of work that we do,” Boddie said.

The fellowship part may be somewhat limited, however, due to the pandemic. 

Boddie said GetFed will probably be handing out take-out boxes instead of allowing people to eat indoors and on-site, as they have done in the past.

“We want to make sure everybody stays safe, and make sure that everybody feels comfortable,” he said. “So, we’re leaning more toward the to-go plates.”

The event is on Sunday, Boddie said, so that people who are spending the holiday with their families can do so. 

He and other volunteers look forward to the event, though, because it also provides food to those who don’t have friends and family to spend time and eat with.

“There’s going to be nothing but good vibes and definitely good food,” he said.

Boddie says the food is usually gone or mostly gone after one to two hours. Since 2016, he said GetFed usually feeds about 300 people at its Thanksgiving event and is shooting for that target again.

The food will be typical holiday fare — turkey, ham, “dang good collard greens,” cornbread, dressing and the like, Boddie said. 

There also might be some cake, sweet tea and lemonade.

The nonprofit is funded by donations, grants and some out-of-pocket money from Boddie and fellow co-founder Anthony Talley. 

GetFed is trying to keep the volunteer group small this year but encouraged people who want to help to donate.

He thanked GetFed’s supporters and Immanuel Ministries for hosting.

“God has blessed us to have people come into our lives and to bless our organization,” Boddie said.