Valley nonprofits ask for help to make Thanksgiving meals

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and for many the turkey dinner is a centerpiece.
November 25, 2013 5:31:53 PM PST
Thanksgiving is just a few days away and for many the turkey dinner is a centerpiece. But for some providing a single meal is a struggle let alone a holiday feast.

It was another busy day at the Poverello House in Downtown Fresno Monday. Employees and volunteers are feeding the hungry and preparing for Thanksgiving.

"It is a blessing to be here for anyone in end to just be able to serve them to put a warm smile on their face to be open that day," Poverello House Director of Development, Kathryn Weakland said.

Weakland says the Poverello House will serve 600 people on Thanksgiving. The nonprofit has been trying to collect turkeys to fill the need. Their goal is 2,500, but with days to go they are short.

"But we're down about halfway. Usually we're at 1,000 turkeys already donated for the holiday season and we're only at about 400," Weakland said.

The Poverello says they need the public's help and they will be accepting turkeys and the trimmings. On Monday, PG&E made a $5,000 donation to buy holiday food. And employees spent their day dicing and serving.

"It's great to see needy families getting a chance to have a great meal," Marlene Murphy-Roach with Fresno PG&E said.

Over at the community food bank, employees just are trying to stock up the warehouse for the holidays.

"We had request for 26,000, we were able to fill about 12,000 so we met about half that need, but now we're looking for Christmas," Community Food Bank CEO Andy Souza said.

The community food bank feeds 190,000 people a month and 75,000 are children.

"Not only are we fighting hunger but we're trying to restore hope to the families we serve," Souza said.

Local nonprofit say any donation you make from food, cash and your time will help make the holiday brighter this season.


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