LOGAN, W.Va. — In a season marked by surpluses of food, spending and materialism, one local group is taking big steps to ensure people in need can enjoy the holidays.
The In Action Project’s free Thanksgiving Day meal service started in 2009 feeding around 275 people.
Last year, the group’s mission had expanded to feed more than 2,500 people.
This year, the In Action Project’s deliveries and in-person dinner service at Chapmanville Middle School, Holden Number 7 Freewill Baptist Church, Man Church of the Nazarene and Scott High School reached around 3,200 people.
“It’s amazing because when we first started we did about 275 meals, and I thought we were overwhelmed. So, it’s grown a lot,” noted Ron Jones, director of the In Action Project.
The group’s current level of giving means staggering logistical issues and amazing portions of food.
The entire production, however, is ran completely by a small army of volunteers stretching across Logan, Boone, Lincoln and Mingo counties.
In their effort to ensure everyone in the coalfields can have a Thanksgiving meal, Jones explained volunteers for the In Action Project cooked around 315 turkeys this year.
When asked about the rapid expansion of the In Action Project’s mission, Jones added, “I would like to think its because we were branching out, but the reality of it is we were only branching out because the need is bigger.”