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Feeding hungry families in Barre

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BARRE, Vt. -

Community dinner for those less fortunate in Barre.

"There are so many people out there that don't have the luxuries that other people do have -- family and friends to spend today with. So something like this is great," Cheryl Metevier of Williamstown said.

Metevier and her husband say this Thanksgiving they are thankful for many things -- especially for the community dinner in Barre. Without it, she says, their plates may have been empty this year.

"We are still struggling, you know? That is why we are here too. We didn't have money for a dinner of our own. So it's just great that this is here and I just feel really thankful that people are willing to do this kind of thing for the less fortunate," Metevier said.

For the second year, Mike and Beckie Kennedy organized a free thanksgiving dinner at the Masonic Temple. Last year, the couple says they fed 300 people. And this year they made meals for 500. The Kennedy's say they want to make sure no one is turned away from the warm, free meal.

"I definitely think the need is here. There are lots of like local hotels where people live and there's no place to cook -- they don't have a kitchen, anything like that. A lot of people don't have a lot of family around here," Beckie Kennedy said.

Organizers say none of this could have happened without generosity from the community. More than 40 volunteers showed up and more than 15 businesses donated all the food being served.

Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy -- the list goes on. Even those with a sweet tooth had plenty of desserts to choose from. Organizers say they wanted both quality and quantity.

"A little more is a lot better than a little less. And anything extra, we are going to drive around at the end of it and we will pack up everything that is cooked and ready to go -- we will pack up the meals and deliver," Matt Kennedy said.

And for the dozens of volunteers who spent their Thanksgiving helping out at the dinner even the youngest volunteers say it's all about giving back.

"I like working here and helping them get food because I know that they are less fortunate," 9-year-old Gabe Dexter said.

"I like seeing people having smiles on their face and getting thanked and stuff, because I get to give them what they want -- and it feels really good," 10-year-old Max Dexter said.

Although people may not have come with family to enjoy their meal, many say they left with one.

"Everyone was smiling and serving us and it's like being with your family but it's just people you don't know -- but if you stay long enough, you will get to know them," Metevier said.

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