Kate O’Quinn, who organized the event, described the process that took place on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The bakery department at Piggly Wiggly prepared 40 turkeys in its enormous oven, cooking 12 turkeys at a time. On Christmas Eve, one crew collected the prepared turkeys from Piggly Wiggly. Once the turkeys were brought to the church, another group of volunteers cut them up.
On Christmas Day, a third group of volunteers came to the church at 8 a.m. and reheated the turkeys prior to the meals being assembled.
At 10:30 a.m., volunteers arrived to prepare the meals for delivery. The first wave of meals went out to the soup kitchen at St. George’s Episcopal Church at 11:30 a.m., while the delivery of meals to individual recipients took place at noon.
“It went so smoothly,” she said.
She described the efficiency of the program as “amazing.”
She estimated about 1,338 meals had been delivered when she left for the day. Last year, the program delivered about 800 meals.
“Somehow it only took us 40 minutes longer to do twice as much food,” she said.
“It went like clockwork,” said Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bonnie Pfrogner, a church member who attended the event. “There were a lot of people who came out and prepared the food.”
She said deliveries began earlier than anticipated as a result.
O’Quinn credited Spalding County E-911 with organizing the requests for aid submitted by community organizations. She said members of First Presbyterian and United Christian Fellowship provided both money and food and volunteers to deliver the meals. She also wanted to thank Piggly Wiggly for its help in preparing the turkeys.