JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner served families all over Jonesboro for its 17th year on Thursday.
"We serve the homeless, the hungry and the lonely here in Jonesboro," said Chairman Jim Grisham.
Churches from all over Jonesboro help serve, deliver and pack meals for people in the community.
"It's been increasing every year," said Grisham. "Last year we served 1310 people, and this year I think we'll be closer to 1,400 or 1,500."
For the nearly 15 churches that help put this together, between planning, cooking and preparing, it's an event they plan for months.
"It's a three day event," said Grisham. "We actually started planning this in September."
One thing they strive for is making sure all families who need a Thanksgiving meal will get one. Even for those folks who can't make it to the event.
"Yesterday at noon we had 657 carry out meals already called in, and the phone has been ringing constantly since 8am," said Grisham.
Although, the dinner is there to help others, Grisham said he believes the greatest satisfaction comes from those who volunteer.
"I think the people who really benefit from it are the people who come and work in it," said Grisham. "I think they get more out of it than the people who eat."