Nearly 80 volunteers gathered early Nov. 27 to prepare and deliver meals for residents throughout West Feliciana Parish.

Fellowship Hall inside St. Francisville United Methodist Church was bustling as volunteers prepared, boxed and labeled more than 400 plates of food, said Abby Cochran and Lee Smith, mission committee co-chairs.

“Preparing, packing and distributing meals for West Feliciana’s less fortunate on Thanksgiving day has been an outreach mission for our church the past nine years,” Smith said.

Meals were sent with dessert made by the volunteers who could not participate Nov. 27.

Outside the church, volunteers packed boxes containing the meals into waiting vehicles, Cochran said, then delivered them throughout the community including to the West Feliciana Parish Prison.

“It was amazing to witness folks from the church and community coming together like a well-oiled machine to prepare over 400 meals in less than an hour, all while telling me how blessed they felt to help others on Thanksgiving,” said the Rev. Ashley McGuire, pastor at St. Francisville United Methodist.