Jacksonville organization gives out over 1,000 Thanksgiving meals

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A Thanksgiving tradition was underway in Jacksonville as community members and volunteers gathered for the Onslow Community Outreach Thanksgiving meal.

This year, plates were made and handed out at their services center located on Hargett Street in Jacksonville.

The larger space allowed for more people to be served instead of having to wait in a line.

"My income is limited, so this helps us out with food and stuff," says John Powell, a Jacksonville resident. "We get at least one nutritious meal a day."

"Always look at the old saying, it's best to give than to receive, and I feel a peace and joy to be able to give what I did today," says Judy Murphy, one of the volunteers.

Between the sit-down meal and two mobile food trucks, 1,000 Thanksgiving meals will be delivered by the nonprofit this Thanksgiving.