BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Local community leaders are stepping up to the plate, tackling the challenges of high inflation, but want to support the community.

The Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Louisiana State Police department of public safety, and the Mirror of Grace outreach were providing free turkey giveaways on Saturday.

According to a member of the EBR Metro Council, Councilman Brandon Noel representing District 1, says helping the community is his number one priority. “What warms our heart the most is giving back, and giving is always a little better than receiving,” said Noel.

In Noel’s district is the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, known for helping the Chaneyville Pride Community for many years by donating items. The church decided to donate 130 turkeys this holiday.

According to the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Pastor, Perry Jones, he sees that people are filled with hope when handed a free turkey.

Pastor Jones sees the community around him is hit with a burden due to high food prices. According to reports, they show that this year’s Thanksgiving Day meals increased by 20%.

“With high inflation and food prices exceedingly high, we just thought it would be the right thing to do to help out,” said Pastor Jones.

Across town, the Louisiana State Police decided to hand out over 300 meals at the Baton Rouge Police Headquarters.

According to the Superintendent of Louisiana State Police, Colonel Lamar A Davis, says when it comes to preparing, it’s teamwork, it’s involvement from the community, It’s a partnership, and really its a contribution from various sources.”

Another location, the Mirror of Grace Outreach, with the help of Lucky Law Firm, passed out over 60 meals.

“To see the smiles on people’s faces, maybe they don’t know where their Thanksgiving day meal is coming from, and just the appreciation of it — warms your heart,” said Robert Lucky, owner of Lucky Law Firm.

Below is a list of locations for Sunday, Nov. 20 that are providing free Thanksgiving Day Meals.

  • Table of Spread, hosted by Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome and Devin Page’s family
    • F.G. Clark Activity Center at 3 p.m.
      • Guests will speak on fighting crime in the capital area
  • Thanksgiving Luncheon, hosted by Councilman Darryl Hurst
    • Charles R. Kelly Community Center, 3535 Riley St. in Baton Rouge from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
      • While supplies last