Small Town in Georgia Bands Together to Feed Hundred of Irma Evacuees Desperate to Escape the Storm’s Path

In the small town of Perry, Georgia, requests are going out for simple barbecue favorites to help feed Hurricane Irma evacuees. “Well, we are Southern,” local resident Jessica Gaston tells PEOPLE with a laugh. Gaston and friend Kimberly Chancy have set up shop to feed hundreds of Irma evacuees that are pouring through Perry — and their focusing on delicious (and economical) Southern staples. Last Friday, before the shelters were even open, the two and several friends began passing out plates of barbecue, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans and pecan pie to evacuees pulling into Perry. By Sunday, the group expected to deliver 500 prepared meals for breakfast and dinner, plus another 500 sack lunches of sandwiches, fruit and snacks.
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