Wesley House says it's lacking what is usually the centerpiece of Thanksgiving: turkeys or ham. LOVE's Kitchen is doing well in the turkey department, but still needs help collecting side items.
Turkey will be served at LOVE's Kitchen Thursday to each and every one of the 700 people expected.
"This year we are doing good with the turkeys. We're a little worried about some of the side dishes, but the turkeys we are doing good on. Some churches actually donated the turkeys already cooked," said Fannie Johnson, manager of kitchen operations.
LOVE's Kitchen is looking for things like celery, cheese, bell peppers and corn meal. They also need help repairing their stoves. Two out of their five ovens have recently stopped working.
"Equipment issues are a big problem this year," said Johnson.
Across town at Wesley House, volunteers are preparing to feed at least 100 families.
"We are putting crackers and fruit and vegetables in bags and people in need will be able to come pick them up on Wednesday," said volunteer Makala Christian.
Wesley House has been receiving a lot of vegetables and fruits but are lacking in their meat donations.
"Any types of meat. Ham, turkey, chicken, all are always very nice to receive," said staff member Andy Hodges.
Both charities say that, while donations are normal, this year's need is greater than ever.
"We always have more applications coming in," said Hodges. "Christmas is going to be hard if we don't start seeing stuff come in."
WTOK-TV has a food drive underway to collect enough for families through the holiday season.
You may participate by bringing non-perishable food items to us at: 815 23rd Avenue in Meridian; or to Multi-County Community Service Agency, 2900 St. Paul Street in Meridian; or to the Department of Human Resources in Livingston, Ala.