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Local Food Bank Handing Out Hundreds of Turkeys

Nov. 25, 2013

Thanksgiving is only a few days away, and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is reaching out to families in need to supply them with a full Thanksgiving meal, including a turkey.

Two-hundred-seventy-five turkeys, 25 volunteers, and lots of happy families

"Thank you thank you thank you."

That's what Florence Pugh had to say after she picked up her turkey and Thanksgiving meal courtesy of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Florence picks up food once a month as part of the food banks mobile pantry

"Whatever they have I appreciate it. I thank God for the food"

Over the course of a month, Giant donated 1,000 turkeys to the program

"That's an enormous and special gift for families who have trouble buying meat of any kind at any time during the year," said Michael McKee with the food bank.

Volunteers braved the cold to stuff bags with all the fixings. Folks say Thanksgiving isn't just about the food, it's about giving back.

Florence says whether its turkey or trimmings, the donations are something to be thankful for.

"Every little bit helps."

And for a few hundred families that little bit is making a big difference.

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank’s mobile pantry feeds 4500 people each month.

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