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Hosea Feed the Hungry event takes on special meaning on MLK Day

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More than 10,000 people gathered at the Georgia World Congress Center on Monday for the 43rd annual Hosea Feed the Hungry MLK event.

It's something organizers and those in attendance said would have made Martin Luther King Jr. proud.

The event has a little bit of everything, free haircuts, free clothes, employment help and of course a big meal.

Howard Culpepper is living on the streets of Atlanta.

"The main thing for me is all of them. I need help in all areas so this is a good event for me. I'm grateful to God to have it and grateful for them having the heart to help me," said Culpepper.

But those coming in for the meal weren't the only ones to benefit. Volunteers said its great for them too, especially on MLK day.

Mike Henny is one of the volunteers.

"It's a day that everybody is thinking about Dr. King's legacy and doing work in the community so it's perfect for us," said Henny.

Making the event happen year in and year out certainly isn't easy. There's a lot of prep work that goes in particularly with the food.

So much food was needed, workers had to start cooking the day before. Volunteer chef Sean Peak talked about amount of food that was cooked up.

"I've cooked 200 turkeys, 500 hams, I got 200 pounds of gravy, 500 pounds of rice, cooking green beans and sweet potatoes," said Peak.

To cook all that food takes a small army of volunteers, but on MLK Day those volunteers weren't too hard to find.

"I started 25 years ago, and it's stuck with me. It's from kindness of my heart to help others. That's why I'm here," said Peak.

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