ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Kiwanis Club is teaming up with East High School to give back to the community this Thanksgiving.

Under the guidance of a chef, about 20 students in the East High School culinary arts program volunteered their time cooking Wednesday.

They helped members of the Kiwanis club prepare more than 1,200 meals that will be delivered Thursday throughout the community.

"It's quite compelling this time of year we have a lot of folks in need who are hungry," said Frank Romeo, Kiwanis Club Irondequoit past president. "It goes on every day of the year and we're able to help them and we're happy to do it. It's a good thing that we're getting more younger people involved doing service and putting food back in the community."

The annual event held by the Kiwanis Club got started back in 1998 helping just six families. That number is now well more than 1,000.