High schoolers prepare Thanksgiving boxes

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Feeding America estimates more than 49 million Americans don't know where their next meal will come from.

A group of high school students are working to make sure there are fewer hungry families on Thanksgiving this year.

It's all hands on deck at Bristol Tennessee High School to lend a helping hand to families in need this holiday.

"We covered everybody on the waiting list," said Meg Leonard, student coordinator and Student Council Vice President.

Leonard coordinated the project, which will give Thanksgiving baskets to a record number of families.

She told News 5 this year's goal is to feed 100 families in the area.

"Knowing that there is no one on the waiting list is such an accomplishment," Leonard said.  "Knowing that we have helped so many families and exceeded our goal and knowing that they won't be hungry on Thanksgiving."

The volunteers will feed 106 families, 62 more than last year.

Leonard told us this would not be possible without the help of organizations like the Junior League, which provides money so the school can buy the food fill the boxes.

They raised more than $5,000 dollars, which is about $60 per basket.

"We hit the goal very quickly in terms of people willing to donate," said Denise Strong, a math teacher.

Strong told News 5 that her students are going to great lengths make sure the food insecure numbers go down, even if it's just for one day.

The student council will deliver the boxes of food to families in the area on Monday, Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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