Food Pantry needs frozen turkeys for Thanksgiving

turkey350xOnce again this year St. Matthew’s will provide turkeys for its Thanksgiving food pantry on Sat., Nov. 21.

We are able to purchase some turkeys, but we are also seeking donations of turkeys to ensure that all of our food pantry neighbors receive one. If you can donate one (or more) frozen birds, please bring them to Saint’s Hall on the morning of Sat., Nov. 21 between 9a and 10a.

If you can’t come on Nov. 21, you can bring your donation to church in advance for storage in our food pantry freezer. Please call 895-3485 for more information about dropping off frozen turkeys.

Your help is greatly appreciated!

— Food Pantry Coordinator Brian Good

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Last year’s “Thanksgiving Food Pantry” held Nov. 15, 2014 received over 200 turkeys – either the actual item or money to purchase turkeys, so that all of our over 200 neighbors who showed up were not turned away empty-handed.

In all, this Food Pantry served 222 families and a total of 713 people, including 243 children and 89 seniors.

The pantry provided 221 turkeys to our neighbors! We used food pantry funds to purchase 64 turkeys. The rest came from your direct contributions of turkeys and money for this effort.

Once again, the people of St. Matthews walked the walk. And so did others outside of our church who donated generously.

We actually gave out over 270 numbers. As always, some neighbors left without obtaining food fearing that there would not be enough for them towards the end. These numbers reflect a great need in our community.

* We are stealing the term “neighbors” from our new rector Kelly. This is the term the food pantry at Kelly’s prior church used to describe their guests. “Neighbor” better characterizes the people who come to the St. Matthew’s food pantry for food and to volunteer.

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