TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Thanksgiving Day is just nine days away, and three Leon County powerhouses are working together, packing thanksgiving meals for families in Tallahassee.
Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and the Leon County Sheriff's Office are making a collaborative effort to feed Tallahassee this Thanksgiving.
"Today, we are packing boxes of Thanksgiving dinner for community members," said Anna Van Gurp, a graduate student at FSU.
With food insecurity on the rise in the Big Bend area, organizers hope this team effort will reach beyond these boxes.
"Even here on our own college campuses, people don't realize that food insecurity is something that concerns us. It's something that we see," said Brandon Bowden, the vice president of Student Affairs at FSU.
They are using this 36-year tradition to help.
"And we know that we back up to 32304 the area code, the poorest area code in the state, so we never lose sight of that, and that never escapes us at all," Bowden said.
Students helping the community that serves them.
"It's a community that you get to share," said Bowden. "It's not only reserved for people that have grown up here."
Paying it forward one box at a time.
The Tallahassee Urban league and Big Bend Cares were also part of the Thanksgiving meal-packing success.