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November 27, 2013

Holiday Happenings: There's plenty to go around Lawrence County

NEW CASTLE — Food baskets were distributed to 464 households Tuesday at the Sankey Center.

The City Rescue Mission’s annual Thanksgiving Food Basket project saw a 20 percent increase in the number this year, according to Mary Lee Green, director of development at the mission. She said about 1,200 people will benefit from the food.

Distribution began at 8:30 a.m. and was expected to continue for hours. Mission volunteers directed a line of cars that already had snaked around the building as the distribution began.

Green said the food baskets are tailored to the size of the household and are intended to provide food for three days.

At minimum, each basket will contain stuffing mix, yams, potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables, fruit, pie filling, evaporated milk, pie crust mix and poultry — a chicken for individuals and a turkey for larger households.

Green said the project is aimed at helping those who cannot afford the traditional Thanksgiving meal for their family. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, she said.

The distribution is the culmination of efforts involving hundreds of volunteers. Planning began in July and the effort went into full swing in September, Green said.

Local churches and organizations helped to collect food and volunteers from area schools and churches provided hours of help. In addition, groups and organizations provided monetary donations to buy the poultry.

The mission will host a community meal Thursday, immediately following an 11:30 a.m. chapel service.

Bottom Dollar accepts donations of food

Bottom Dollar Food is working to combat hunger during the holiday season.

Now through Dec. 24, the grocery store chain is partnering with customers to provide food to families in need through the grocer’s annual “Hunger Has a Cure” campaign, which supports Feeding America and local food banks.

The company also will provide thousands of holiday meals for families through product donations in November and December.

To participate in the “Hunger Has a Cure” campaign, customers can purchase ready-made food boxes containing five items of private-label products that are available at all Bottom Dollar Food stores while supplies last. All stores will have designated food collection areas where customers can place the food boxes or other non-perishable items.

Customers also have the opportunity to support the campaign through cash donations at registers.

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