Tyler Perry Studios feeds 5,000 families in a Thanksgiving food giveaway event on Sunday, November 22.
The media mogul organized a Thanksgiving food giveaway through his production company, Tyler Perry Studios. to give back to his community of Atlanta, Ga.
On Thursday, it was announced the event would take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. outside of the studios’ headquarters. They distributed non-perishable food items and gift cards to up to 5,000 local families in need during the event.
“First come, first serve of 5,000 families while supplies last. Although we wish that we could feed everyone in need we will close the line at the 5,000th family,” the event’s poster reads.
We are excited to announce the #TPSGiving Food Giveaway event on Sunday, November 22nd from 8:00am to 12:00pm.
During this drive-up event we will be distributing non-perishable food items and gift cards to people who are in need during this holiday season. See you there! pic.twitter.com/kQH2DvwNYp
— Tyler Perry Studios (@TPstudios) November 19, 2020
The line for the giveaway stretched for miles. Local Fox 5 reporter Emilie Ikeda tweeted a video of the event, noting that “the first car in line got here at 3 p.m… YESTERDAY,” and that the lines caused “back-ups on Langford Pkwy and I-20.”
The first car in line got here at 3pm…YESTERDAY. #TPSGiving starts at 8am. Already, lines extend miles long, causing back-ups on Langford Pkwy and I-20.@TPstudios will be giving away non-perishables and gift cards to 5K families.
People tell me, the need is greater than ever pic.twitter.com/ntoBGfaZTk
— Emilie Ikeda (@EmilieIkedaFOX5) November 22, 2020
The drive-thru giveaway required families to stay in their cars while receiving food wearing face masks at all times.
Perry, who is known for his philanthropic gestures, shared in a recent cover story with Variety that he strives “Just to try and use what I’ve been given — this platform [and] the gifts that I’ve managed to have — to celebrate and encourage and lift other people.”
Source: Variety | Photo Credit: Desiree Navarro | WireImage | Getty Images