"This is an opportunity to ensure that some who are less fortunate have a hot meal for the holidays," said Bryan Canty, the president of New Frontier. According to him the dinner was not just for the underprivileged. "We invite the whole community to come out."
The event began at 11 a.m. and also included a variety of free onsite services for those in need such as haircuts, legal aid, aids awareness information, voter registration, winter coats and toys. According to Canty, over 100 volunteers helped make the event possible.
"They are showing that they care about the community," said Dorothy White, who attended the dinner. "We come every year."
Saturday was New Frontier of Bartow County Inc.'s 11th year organizing the event. This year the dinner was in honor of Michael Dean who passed away earlier this month.
"This is his event, he organized this," Canty said. Dean was a former president of New Frontier and a school board member.
"He established a legacy in his past 46 years that will far exceed my lifetime," Canty said. "The affects of his impact will be felt for generations to come."
"Everyone should feel blessed that New Frontier does this every year," White said. "A lot of people don't get daily meals."
On Wednesday, Christian Hearts United -- Reaching Community's Hungry, also will provide a hot meal for the community. The event will occur from 5 to 8 p.m. where CHURCH also will provide free haircuts, coats, blood pressure checks and blankets to those in need. For those in need of transportation to the event, call 770-607-3174 or 770-596-1046.