There's something about a table full of food that brings people together.

"It's that warm feeling people get when they're around the table with their own family," said 11Alive Anchor Francesca Amiker.

"The Great Thanksgiving Dish" is the one event of the year that puts journalists from every Atlanta TV station on one team for the greater good.

"The Thanksgiving Dish" is the one event of the year that puts journalists from every Atlanta TV station on one team for the greater good. The Dish is sponsored by the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB), Renaissance Hotels and Marriott .


"Now when there's so much divisiveness, especially against the media, that there's a strange togetherness here that you wouldn't anticipate if you know how competitive we are," added 11Alive's Assistant News Director Julie Wolfe. "I love that. To me, it's what the holidays are supposed to be about."

The Dish is sponsored and organized by the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB), Renaissance Hotels and Marriott.

It takes place in the kitchen of the Renaissance Waverly Hotel.

This year, media members made 3,200 Thanksgiving meals for families that are struggling.

"The need is great," said Kyle Waide, President and CEO of the ACFB. "It's as critical as ever that we come together and find ways to get food in homes and help those families have a great Thanksgiving like we all want to have."

"The Thanksgiving Dish" is the one event of the year that puts journalists from every Atlanta TV station on one team for the greater good. The Dish is sponsored by the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB), Renaissance Hotels and Marriott .

"It's that time of year when we're all as one," said 11Alive Anchor Crash Clark. "How can you not want to do something this time of year? It's a wonderful cause."

Dish volunteers helped cook and assemble meals that will be delivered to 21 ACFB partner agencies, including community kitchens across metro Atlanta where families will join together to share a Thanksgiving meal.

The meals will include the following:

  • 1,250 pounds of turkey
  • 3,200 rolls
  • 850 pounds of mashed potatoes
  • 650 pounds of fresh green beans
  • 650 pounds of yams
  • 300 pounds of cranberry sauce
  • 450 pumpkin pies
  • 65 gallons of gravy