Families and volunteers being encouraged to register for Hosea Helps Thanksgiving food distribution this Saturday

CEO Elisabeth Omilami discusses battle with breast cancer
Hosea Helps, Thanksgiving dinner, community outreach
Volunteers are seen preparing meals during a Hosea Helps community Thanksgiving Day feast. It will be a drive-thru event this year. Photo credit Hosea Helps

Hosea Helps, the Atlanta nonprofit, is encouraging families to register for the upcoming Thanksgiving Festival of Service.

According to CEO Elisabeth Omilami, they will feed thousands of families at the Georgia International Convention Center this Saturday, November 19th, in College Park.

Rather than a large Thanksgiving dinner, customary for so many years in Atlanta, Omilami says they'll wait another year and hold a drive-thru event instead. "It was recommended by the CDC that we not return to the large internal event." The Covid-19 Pandemic continues and Omilami says there were also concerns about Monkeypox and Influenza. "We decided that we would get this family feast to our community before Thanksgiving."

Hosea Helps is planning for 2000 families. "They will get a turkey, they will get chicken, green beans, corn, stuffing, cranberry sauce, PPE supplies and other items." The daughter of founder Hosea Williams says each family will receive 2 food boxes.

Hosea Williams, Elisabeth Omilami, Hosea Helps
Hosesa Helps, originally named Hosea Feeds the Hungry, was started in 1971 by Hosea Williams, father of CEO Elisabeth Omilami. Photo credit Getty

Families and volunteers can register through the Hosea Helps website.

On Thanksgiving Day, Omilami says they will distribute hot meals via home delivery. "We have a chef that's agreed to cook the meals." They'll need volunteers on Thanksgiving Day to help plate the meals. "We'll be taking them to senior citizen high rises and taking those hot meals around to homeless camps in and around the city of Atlanta." Hosea helps is gearing up for two events in December, the food distribution and the annual Hosea Helps Children's Christmas Party. Less than a month later is the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day event on January 16th.

CEO of Hosea Helps discusses her battle with breast cancer

Omilami also discusses her recent diagnosis and continuing treatment for breast cancer. She was diagnosed in July. It was Stage 3. "It was a shock," says Omilami, adding "I had a mastectomy and restruction." She has two more rounds of chemo.

"It stopped my world for a while," Omilami says about her illness. She's back to working, she adds, "as many days of the week that I can."

Omilami is using her experiences to educate women also going through breast cancer. At Saturday's event "We're going to have information about what they might need, what chemo is like, where free mammograms might be available." It's a new addition to the Hosea Helps Festival of Services.

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