The annual Morgan Mill Thanksgiving feast was once again a success with hundreds of community members and Fort Hood soldiers showing up to partake in the delicious meal.

For over 20 years, the school district has prepared a Thanksgiving lunch and when the meal first started, it was a small lunch with students and their families. Over the years, it has grown exponentially and now serves anywhere from 800 to 1,000 people including 50-75 soldiers.

“It’s a pretty big tradition,” said Wendy Sanders, Morgan Mill ISD superintendent. “We combine our Thanksgiving meal into a Thanksgiving/Veterans Day program.”

The school prepared 40 turkeys and students in seventh and eighth grade helped serve the meal.

Maggie Gonzalez, owner of J&M Services in Stephenville, is a resident of Morgan Mill and has been coming to the lunch for three years.

“My kids, they've all gone to school here and it [the feast] helps a lot with them in being helpful and being there for the community,” she said.

Carol Auvil’s daughter, Kyleigh, has always had a soft spot in her heart for soldiers and veterans.

“She made a remark the other day that ‘feeding the soldiers is more important than going to school’ and I said, ‘Thanks to the soldiers, we have the freedom to go to school’ and she’s like, ‘Oh wow.’ She's into the veteran flags and everything. She's been like that since she was three,” she said.