FAIRBURY, NE — Hundreds of southeast Nebraskans have full bellies thanks to an annual effort from the local radio station.

KUTT in Fairbury hosted its 20th annual free Thanksgiving meal on Thursday. Normally, area residents fill the Elks Lodge dining room for a social Thanksgiving feast. Even with COVID-19 cases rising, organizers like Promotions Manager Nichole Scholl found a way for the event to happen.

“Still to provide a free meal to people who would normally go without, we decided to try a drive through," Scholl said. "(It was) the biggest success I think we’ve ever had for a Thanksgiving meal.”

Scholl says they had a line eight blocks long to pick up turkey and all the traditional sides. The volunteers served 445 people in two hours.

KUTT also collects donations for the Blue Valley Community Action Partnership food pantry and the Hope Crisis Center.

“It’s a special thanks for the community to come out and support us, for us to provide for them, but then for them to turn around and support the other organizations as well," Scholl said. "It is incredible.”

Scholl says they raised almost $2,000 for the local charities.