What started as a simple Thanksgiving meal for a few dozen people has grown into the largest Thanksgiving outreach program in Southwest Florida. In the past 10 years, this little Lutheran/Episcopal church has served over 65,000 Thanksgiving meals. Last year’s Feeding the 5,000, named after a miracle of Jesus, delivered more than 6,000 dinners to local families in need.
By Laura Gates, Correspondent. Nearly 500 turkeys were roasted in the kitchen at Lamb of God Church last week in preparation for Feeding the 5,000, a collaborative charitable outreach which aimed to ensure every Southwest Florida family enjoyed a hearty holiday meal. Now in its 15th year, this volunteer-based operation has provided about 58,000 Thanksgiving dinners, including serving more than 6,500 this year, said Steering Committee Chair Art Nicoletti. About 4,000 of the meals were delivered to individual homes on Thanksgiving morning, while the remaining meals were delivered to partner agencies like Interfaith Caregivers of South Lee, Immokalee schools and Church of God […]
LEE COUNTY, FL – The Lamb of God Church in Fort Myers delivered over 6,000 Thanksgiving meals today. That equals 400 turkeys, six tons of sides and 2,000 cups of gravy and cranberry sauce. For the last decade, the Lamb of God Church and hundreds of volunteers personally deliver a Thanksgiving feast to those less fortunate. This year we tagged along for a few deliveries and was reminded of what Thanksgiving is really all about. “They get turkey. They get green beans. They get sweet potatoes,” said Arthur Nicolleti with Feeding the 5000. All the fixings of a Thanksgiving feast […]
Lamb of God partners with United Way to identify local families in need. The operation takes more than 400 volunteers. It begins with turkey roasting the Sunday before Thanksgiving and continues with food preparation and packing through Wednesday. Drivers are needed to deliver meals on Thanksgiving Day.
Feeding the 5000 fed over 7,400 meals on Thanksgiving Day 2013! This year, over 800 volunteers came together to cook, package, and deliver 7,400+ meals–that’s over 478 turkeys and more than 10,000 lbs of side dishes! In the past 5 years, we’ve provided over 30,000 meals in our community.
By Laura Gates. Jesus did it with just five loaves and two fishes. It takes a bit more for Lamb of God Church and its community partners to feed 5,000.
The annual Thanksgiving outreach relies on hundreds of volunteers to cook, package and distribute nearly 500 turkeys— along with all the fixings— feeding the needy in a five-county area. The massive effort starts the weekend before Thanksgiving, roasting turkeys in batches of two dozen at a time.
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and the Feeding the 5000 committee is working hard to make sure that all needy families receive a meal on Thanksgiving Day. Although the job market in SW Florida has seen some improvement over the last year, the slow recovery continues to force many families to seek help. “Feeding the 5000” is a Thanksgiving program that works to insure that no one in our area goes hungry at Thanksgiving. It is a grass roots effort of neighbors helping neighbors where every penny raised goes to providing families with traditional meals at Thanksgiving. The effort was started […]