Thanksgiving is a time to share gratitude and good food with family, but for those experiencing food insecurity, that’s not the priority. To address this issue, The Salvation Army Camden Corps held a Thanksgiving food drive, the largest in South Jersey, at the Kroc Center in Camden, helping 1,800 families in need, county-wide, celebrate the holiday.
Families signed up for designated time slots to pick up their turkeys and food boxes, which contained vegetables, stuffing, and more. The Army also delivered 500 turkeys and food boxes to those who were unable to obtain transportation to the Kroc Center.
Due to COVID-19 and an economic collapse, this has been the greatest food need since The Great Depression, and The Salvation Army proudly served people in need with help from its donors and partners. “We wanted to bless lots and lots of families, as many as we could,” said Kroc Center Resource Development Manager Ben Ovadia. “The partners made that possible. All the partners we’ve had for Thanksgiving have been generous in the past and really worked to help make this year’s feat a reality.”
Partners for the Thanksgiving donation event included Butterball, the Food Bank of South Jersey, U.S. Cold Storage, and HALOLIFE, which provided free face masks for frontline workers and volunteers.
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