PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The grunt work of Christmas is handled by Santa's elves. That role on Thanksgiving is handled by the volunteers with Wayside Food Programs.

By the end of Thanksgiving, volunteers will have logged 225 hours collecting, cooking and serving turkey meals. The recipients of their hard work are described as food insecure, which means they don't have consistent access to enough nutritious food.

Wayside expects to feed up to 300 people in the greater Portland area on Thanksgiving. Mealtime begins at 11 a.m. at the Portland Club.

All of the food, including more than 40 turkeys, was donated by local businesses. As much as that generosity is appreciated during the holiday season, Wayside leaders said need for donations and community involvement to help alleviate hunger is needed all year long.