Columbus, GA (WTVM) - Veterans took time out of their weekend to feed their not just their fellow comrades-in-arms, but many families in the Valley area who need help getting an extra meal.
A long line of cars, waiting their turn in a parking lot of the corner of Fort Benning Road and Victory Drive, were not there to order fast food. This time, volunteers with Mission Continues donated boxes full of meals.
First-time volunteer and army veteran Tylynn Harmon remembered the emotion on the faces of the first families who received the boxed meals Saturday morning.
"The smiles on their faces, and the smiles on people's faces," she said.
Dozens of volunteers, like Harmon, worked with Mission Continues, a nonprofit that helps veterans adjust to life back home.
Teams packed boxes with turkey and snacks all morning, as part of a partnership with Feeding the Valley Food Bank.
It's also a partnership with local businesses like Church's Chicken, which in turn fed the hard-working volunteers.
"These are the people that have served our country," said Church's district manager Lashonda Clark. "We're also serving our community at the same time, with the same families."
In all, the combined goal for Mission Continues and Feeding the Valley was to pack and gift close to 1000 boxes of food. Harmon said this goal wasn't too difficult to achieve.
"We all have to chip in to help each other," Harmon said. "If nobody is willing to do that, where are we going to be at?"