NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - Cars filled the parking lot at New Albany Middle School as people came to the ninth annual "Community Christmas Meal."
It all started in 2011 when teachers and students at New Albany High School learned many people in the community had a need for food.
They started serving meals to the community and served 500 meals the first year. The event continued to grow, and this year volunteers served 1,500 people.
In addition to food, people who came out had a chance to get clothes and bags of hygiene products. Children made crafts and played games and took toys home.
The event was also a partnership with the Walmart Distribution Center in New Albany. Employees volunteered and helped raise money.