Hosea Feed the Hungry volunteers stay busy on Christmas Eve

2:43 PM, Dec 25, 2012   |    comments
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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A jailhouse basement isn't exactly the first place you'd look to find Christmas cheer.

But thanks to nearly 400 Christmas Eve volunteers, the kitchen at the DeKalb County Jail was overflowing with holiday spirit.

For two decades, this has been the kitchen for Hosea Feed the Hungry. One of the largest commercial kitchens in the area, volunteers have flocked to the jail every Christmas Eve for years.

Head Chef Nick Johnson has led this effort for 31 years. He says it takes dedicated volunteers to pull off such a massive undertaking.

"[These are] some of the best people in Atlanta, sitting here on Christmas Eve, working in a jail," Johnson said.

Two shifts of volunteers worked more than five hours to produce 700 turkeys, 2000 cans of vegetables, 500 trays of stuffing and 300 gallons of gravy.  

"This is what this is at Hosea, it's family," said Elisabeth Omilami, Hosea Feed the Hungry CEO. "It's because nothing makes Christmas better than love and concern."

Christmas dinner will be served at the Georgia World Congress Center beginning at 10am. More than 6,000 people are expected to show up at GWCC; another 4,000 meals will be delivered to homes of needy families.

Omilami said they prepare meals for 20,000 people and never have food left over.

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