Thanksgiving give-out

On November 16th we picked up 80 turkeys from (Elm Street)  I had written letters to all the major grocery stores requesting a donation of turkeys for our food pantry.  The letter also requested if a donation was not available, then could we get a discount in the cost of the turkeys.
We had a budget and a wonderful donation from the in Harborcreek.
A few gave me a price of $1.19 - $1.49 (way over our budget).  One store said 58 cents a pound but I would have to buy them the weekend of Halloween. Where would I store 80 turkeys until Nov. 16th?   Then Wal Mart came through.  They gave us a $200 gift card towards the cost of the turkeys.

I had requested 10-14 pound turkeys (thinking that each would cost about seven dollars and at the wonderful price of 78 cents a pound, we were within budget.
On the morning of the 16th we were there to pick up the  turkeys.  I noticed the size of them  All were between 14 and 24 pounds.  We couldn't afford that.
What were we going to do?  Then the cashier said that Giant Eagle was selling theirs for 48 cents a pound and Wal Mart price matches. They discussed it with the managers and yes, they would do that. They would sell them to us for 48 cents a pound.  We had enough in the budget to buy them.  Thank You God. You have made this a great day.  Then it started to rain.

When we got back to the church, the boxes were soaked. They hand carried each turkey from the truck to the kitchen.  Thank you wonderful volunteers.


Our next step for the day was to go to Second Harvest to get the perishables.  Second Harvest allows us to get fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, and dairy on the day of our give out.

This adds to the items we have to give out.  Today we purchased 2% milk as well.  There was an added surprise, we were

able to get bakery goods as well. Cakes, donuts, cookies and other treats.   This was going to be an awesome give out.

Back at the Ministry building we unloaded all the food and the volunteers bagged it up and made it ready for out give out. 

Usually I take pictures but it was so hectic and still raining. We didn't get everything done until after 11am. 
We had little time before 12:30.


Prior to today's give out I made a list of the names of the families that are signed up with us to get food every other Wednesday.  Today was a special give out and I only had 80 turkeys.

I posted that if you had not already signed up for food that you could come back at 2:30 and we would see that you

received something but couldn't guarantee a turkey. 

The families come in and receive a letter, take a seat and wait for their letter to be called.  Once called, they sign their name to the

book and receive a number. When that number is called, they go downstairs to "shop".  The food is put out on a table like in a store.

 There is a number in front of each item designating how many of that item you may have. Some there are more than one item and you get to choose.

Today they received

1 can of corn, 1 box of mash potatoes, 1 can of yams, 1bag of walnuts, 1 box of cheese its, 1 can cranberry jellie, 1 box of blueberry muffin mix, 1 bottle of grapefruit juice or grape juice, 1 bag of great northern beans, 1 head of cabbage, 1 box of elbow macaroni, 1 box of turkey stuffing mix, 1 can of green beans,1 can of diced tomatoes and chilies, 2 cans of cherries, 1 box of raisin bran or good choice cereal, 1 can or pk of applesauce, 1 bag of frozen blueberries, 1 pk of mozzarella cheese or box of yellow cheese, 1 bottle of 2% milk 2 loaves of bread, 2 vegetables, 1 fresh fruit, a turkey and a desert.

Volunteers help you along the way and help with bagging your food with bags donated by   Giant Eagle   and 

When they are finished shopping volunteers carry their bags out the door and wish them a good day.


We went through our 80  families and signed up 7 new families.  There was food for all. Some did not want a turkey which made them available for others.

It was a good day and we are blessed to be able to help our neighbors at any time, especially during the holidays.



Henderson United Methodist Church 2016