LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – As the cost of a holiday meal rises an organization is helping families put a plate on the table during Thanksgiving.

“We need to stop and pause and all be thankful no matter what our circumstances, we all are thankful that we are alive,” said co-founder of Catholic Action Center Jinny Ramsey.

The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year for many people but they can be hard for people who are in desperate need of food and shelter.

That’s where the CAC stepped in to feed hundreds of people this Thanksgiving. Among the volunteers is Tanya Fogle who knows firsthand what is it like to rely on help.

“First district has someone sitting in the seat that is an impacted person and has gone through homelessness before and I know exactly what this means to so many people,” Fogle.

She never takes a day for granted and always finds ways to give back.

“Every day is important when you are thinking about people who has food insecurities and has no homes to go to,” Fogle said.

Lexington has a growing homeless problem and Fogle said she pays close attention to the communities she serves.

“As I was traveling here to the catholic action center and I was making a note of how many people were standing on the corner right now,  I came down through Martin Luther King and made the circle around third and elm tree lane and there are so many people out without family,” Fogle said.

Vehicles rolled through the parking lot and got loaded up with food to take home for the holiday.

“This is not just for people who are unhoused, there are so many food insecurity folks and so many people on the verge of being evicted and so many people who can’t afford to go to the grocery store,” Ramsey said.

Another former believer in helping the community is a family of volunteers who came out to help give out food.

“Engraved as part of our thanksgiving family tradition,” said Max Hodge.

Since school is out for fall break the Hodge family spent their thanksgiving volunteering with their children.


“I have been doing this since I was 8 and I am 16 now,” Hodge said.