Local ShopRite Chain Organizes 1,000-Meal Thanksgiving Giveaway
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By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A local supermarket chain is partnering with neighborhood leaders to put food on the table for Philadelphians in need this Thanksgiving.
Inside a Brown’s ShopRite store at 24th Street and Oregon Avenue today, family member Sandy Brown said she was delighted to be part of distributing 1,000 holiday meals that will give 6,000 people a feast to remember.
“It includes a turkey, stuffing, sweet potato pie, and all of the fixings that you would have for a full holiday dinner,” she said. Each holiday basket will feed six to eight people.
Outside in the parking lot, teams of volunteers lined up next to a 40-foot trailer. LeRoy Thinner was making a pickup for Arise Academy Charter High School, at 11th and Market Streets.
“I’m picking up about 20 baskets for friends and families of the students,” he said. “They’ll have a good holiday.”
There were also people making basket pickups from state senator LeAnna Washington’s district, which includes Mt. Airy, West Oak Lane, and Olney.
“We have a lot of families without jobs, and they just simply can’t feed their families,” Washington said.