Deputies pass out thousands of Thanksgiving meals to Gwinnett County families

“You are more than just a citizen, you are more than a resident, you are a partner.”

ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - The holidays came early for thousands of families in Gwinnett County Nov. 10.

“Your success is our success,” said Deputy Carlton J. Releford with Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office.” This is our second event. Last year we served 3,000 families.”

The Sheriff’s Office beat that number this year. Deputies handed out Thanksgiving meals to more than 4,000 vehicles at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. 216 volunteers and 24 deputies partnered with more than 30 organizations to make this event possible, including the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Georgia Power, Lettum Eat, Publix and Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministries.

Gwinnett County Sheriff Keybo Taylor said, “my priority is to connect with the community, decrease food insecurity and contribute to a memorable Thanksgiving holiday.”

“You are more than just a citizen, you are more than a resident, you are a partner,” said Deputy Releford.

Sawyer Buccy

Sawyer Buccy

Sawyer Buccy is a reporter for Atlanta News First, Atlanta. She comes to Atlanta from Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she told community-focused stories of resilience.

Alexandra Parker

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