Thanksgiving Feast for the Needy

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Tallahassee resident Lisa Escobar is a working woman and full-time student living on her own. A few years ago life wasn't as positive for her. Escobar was homeless.

"There's no food. I ate grapefruits. I was down to size zero. I panhandled sometimes you know, and we'd get food from like the dumpster."

Escobar's story is common in Tallahassee. As part of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Month, the HOPE Community held a luncheon Wednesday to bring awareness to the problem.

"Imagine what it would be like getting out of school if you were a child and not having a home to go home to, and imagine how it would feel for a mom or dad to not be able to greet that child at the end of the day in their own home," said Kay Freeman, executive director of the Big Bend Homeless Coalition.

While the HOPE Community wants residents to understand the severity of homelessness, it doesn't want anyone to experience it especially during the holidays.

Right now sponsors are gearing up for the annual Thanksgiving feast at Ole Times Country Buffet.

"Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time when we all share and give of ourselves, and this is their way of giving themselves back to the people who give to us," said Bobbie O'Neal, general manager at Ole Times Country Buffet.

Ole Times says it could use extra hands for the Thanksgiving feast on Thanksgiving Day. If you'd like to volunteer as a server, call (850) 205-6070.

The feast will be from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Ole Times Country Buffet at 1701 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL, 32303.