Kentucky Ham Meal raising funds in Meridian

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Thousands of dollars are expected to be raised through this year's Kentucky Ham Meal at First Christian Church in Meridian.

Months of planning and around 200 volunteers are involved in making the event happen. People are invited to try not only the ham itself but also homemade side dishes, red-eye gravy, grits and biscuits.

All money raised goes to support non-profit projects in the community. Myra Mabry has been volunteering since the first meal in 1963. She says the fundraiser has really grown.

"They had a little bitty room back here they did the grits in. Then they'd come in at four o'clock the morning of the breakfast to start making the biscuits. Now we get started a little earlier because we have a lot more to serve," Mabry said.

Dinner is served until 7 p.m. Tuesday and the kitchen will reopen Wednesday from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.