TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - While many people are traveling to celebrate Thanksgiving, several college students are spending their holiday break in town.
For those who are away from friends and family, they were invited to share a community meal at the 13th annual FamUly Feast, held at Domi Station Wednesday afternoon.
The tradition started in 2006, when FAMU freshman Lei Snelling hosted a dinner, and it's grown into a multi-group effort that's served hundreds of students over the years.
Students from FAMU, FSU, TCC, Flagler and Keiser were all invited to be a part of what organizers called a "Thankfulgiving meal."
Christic Henry, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Tallahassee Southside, said she remembers what it was like to be a college student during this time of year -- and is grateful to be on the other side, helping serve students for Thanksgiving.
"I couldn't come home Thanksgiving and Christmas. You had to pick one, because it was expensive," Henry said, "and to be able to have an event where you can come and you can be around your peers, you can have a meal with no drama -- just fellowship with other people around a Thanksgiving dinner. I mean, this is such a special time of year, and it just really speaks to the soul of our community."
Organizers prepared food options for vegans and vegetarians, in addition to serving the traditional Thanksgiving turkey and ham.
Henry said this year's event served more than 130 students.