HIGH POINT — Despite being in the middle of a global pandemic, a local church will continue its tradition of feeding people for Thanksgiving.

Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church, 3400 Triangle Lake Road, has stockpiled enough food to feed 10,000 people and will give it away on Tuesday so that local families in need can give thanks on Thursday without worrying about the cost of the meal.

The project started in 2011, designed then to feed 5,000 people.

With so many people losing their jobs because of the pandemic and facing food insecurity, the church and its pastor, the Rev. Robert J. Williams, hope the food will ease some burden.

“We want these items to help those who are hungry or may not have the resources to get what they need,” Williams said.

In May, congregants began bringing food items every month for the project. For example, May was green bean month, June was corn month, and so on. In November, money is collected so that turkeys can be purchased in bulk.

Each box to be given away includes a turkey, green beans, corn, a starch (macaroni and cheese, potatoes or rice), stuffing, yams and cranberry sauce. The meal is expected to feed at least five people.

This year the boxes will be given away on Tuesday at 10 a.m. on a first come, first serve basis, and will be distributed in a drive-thru fashion. There will be COVID protocols in place.