Thanksgiving Meals For Those In Need

November 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Thanksgiving will really be a day to give thanks for thousands of valley residents who are getting free meals from the food bank. A few hundred volunteers boxed up meals at the Community Food Bank Saturday morning, getting the food ready for the holidays.

Donations are coming in at a decent pace, but the charity can't keep up with the need. That's why most families will be getting chickens for thanksgiving instead of turkeys.

Dana Wilkie, Community Food Bank, says "The need for help has more than doubled. There's an absolute epidemic of hunger in our community. There are so many people coming to us who've never needed our help before."

The food bank is feeding about 70-thousand people every week and delivering about a million pounds of food every month. Some of that food goes to the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in central Fresno.

A couple dozen volunteers were there Saturday to sort out food they bought from the food bank. The church gave out holiday food to more than 100 people today. The pastor says they're also having a hard time keeping up with the need, but they're feeding about 5-hundred people every month.

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