The spread is classic Thanksgiving, but it comes a day early at Bible Baptist Church in Gulfport.
"We just have so much to be thankful for," says Bible Baptist Pastor Jim Stady. "God has been so good to us as a church, and even as a community. We realize there are still a lot of families that are hurting as a result of Katrina, even though it's been a couple of years now. And this is just an opportunity for us, as a church community, to let people know as long as there's God, there's hope and there's help."
Sabrina Goodwin and her family are some of those who found the early bird special a real Godsend.
"We've been looking for work for about a month and a half and we just finally started a job," says Goodwin. "But financially, we've got a back pay for everything. So I really appreciate this and thank the Lord for it."
Pastor Stady says they knew many other churches and civic organizations were feeding the hungry on Thanksgiving day, so they just decided to serve a meal and a message to the hungry, a day early.
"Jesus said, 'When you do this unto the least of these, you've done it unto me,'" says Stady. "So that's what we're trying to do, just to reach out and show people the love of Christ."
For Cheryl Reynolds, who just moved here from Illinois, the fellowship is as nourishing as the food.
"We don't have our children down here, so we figured we'd just stop here and check this out," says Reynolds. "And I don't have to cook."
The event was apparently a success, with 200 people receiving pre-Thanksgiving meals.