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15th Annual Thankful Giving Feast postponed until 2021

Canceled as COVID-19 numbers rise locally
Posted at 6:20 PM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 18:20:34-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Thanksgiving for college students staying in town may look different this year.

The Thankful Giving Feast that usually feeds hundreds on local college campuses is now postponed until next year.

The founder of the feast says it was a tough decision after 14-years of giving students a home-cooked meal for the holiday.

But with COVID numbers on the rise, they decided it was not safe.

Since 2006, the Thankful Giving Feast has fed up to 200 students each year.

The meal was originally for FAMU students now brings together students from FSU and TCC.

This year, there were plans to celebrate big since it is their 15th anniversary.

But as infection numbers climbed, especially in college students, Lei Snelling says they pulled the plug a few days ago.

"Our number one goal is to put the students first and make sure that they have the best experience," Snelling, founder of the Thankful Giving Feast said.

"For 2020 we felt as though that there were a lot of things changing. There were so many things that remain unpredictable so we wanted to make sure that they had the best experience possible and by doing that we want to make that we make 2021 even better."

Every year the feast is free for students and is normally held here at DOMI Station.

Since it won't be happening this year, there are organizations like the Salvation Army, Project Annie, and others who are giving away meals for Thanksgiving.