Free meals being offered on Thanksgiving to help Hoosiers in need

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- It's one of the largest Thanksgiving food distributions in the state, and after months of planning, the Mozel Sanders Foundation is ready to serve thousands of Hoosiers a Thanksgiving meal.

With the comfort of knowing they have everything they need and hot meal at home, the volunteers are focused on those who can't say the same. That's the motivation behind lifting each box and carrying the supplies that will feed their neighbors.

"And when they told us oh we're going to go to the university and we're going to help others who don't have everything that we have it's very important to me to help others. If we're blessed I feel like if we should bless others," said Ben Davis University sophomore Jayla Thomas.

We spoke with a group of volunteers from Ben Davis University. The high school students came with a heart to serve. They're among the 2,000 volunteers who make it possible to serve 35,000 Hoosiers.

This is the 45th year for the event and Chef Cullen says there's no stopping them now.

"The community has a need and at least on thanksgiving day we don't want anyone to go hungry," Cullen said.

And with 15,000 pounds of turkey, 10,000 pounds of dressing, and 10 giant cans of green beans and apple crisp for dessert, chef Cullen says the planning phase was the hard part.

"This is a lot bigger than any individual on this and from my first year being involved and seeing the impact this has on people the community needs something to come together with on a positive note," Chef Cullen said.

You can also call 317-610-0439 to request a meal from Mozel Sanders.

And there are many organizations and churches putting on free Thanksgiving day meals. For a complete list of times and locations click here.

 

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