The New Hope International Church in Warner Robins celebrated the 15th annual Feed the City event on Saturday.

It's a community-wide initiative to help support families in need by providing a full Thanksgiving meal.

Thousands of brown paper bags filled with holiday essentials - canned peas, corn, cake mix -- and about 2,000 turkeys -- were passed out to families from all over Middle Georgia.

"I've got grandchildren that will be coming for Thanksgiving dinner and I can't afford to buy it. I've got great grandchildren that are coming and I needed help," says Virginia LeVar of Byron.

There's enough food to feed about 10,000 people. That means about 2,000 families will have a Thanksgiving meal.

About 200 volunteers welcomed the morning crowd with a wave of excitement.

"I've kind of been here since 6:30 this morning, moving boxes up and down stairs so I'm a little hot, a little worn out," says volunteer James Walker.

"When we first got here, we had to stand outside and wait but it turned out to be very nice," says Elaine Searcy of Oglethorpe.

Waiting gave LeVar, who arrived at 7 a.m, a chance to daydream of making one particular dish.

"You're going to think I'm silly, pumpkin pie." says LeVar while laughing. "Because that's my favorite part of the meal."

30 out of 38 schools in Houston County collected food for Feed the City. So each bag contains a different assortment of goodies worthy of full Thanksgiving Meal.