Hope for the Holidays is the theme for this year's Turkey drive at the Idaho Food Bank, where
Rebecca Ristrem, the Eastern Idaho Food Bank Manager, says they are expecting to hand out several Turkey boxes to families who will be preparing a Thanksgiving feast. The food boxes will consist mostly of the items that many people use for their holiday meals, such as stuffing, yams, pumpkin pie filling and a turkey.
"There have been over 950 applicants for food boxes this year which is an increase from last year by several hundred,” says, Rebecca Ristrem, Eastern Idaho Food Bank manager.
"We think it's important that we have Thanksgiving dinners for people who otherwise would not be able to have one,” says, Shari Acuna, Rocky Mountain Ministry.
The Idaho Food Bank distributes the Turkey boxes, but it's the local agencies and the community that really makes this happen.
"The local stores have some great deals on these turkeys. If you spend $100 at one store, you can get a free one or you can get it greatly reduced prices, and I thought what a great opportunity to bring in some food for the needy this year,” says, local volunteer, Jan Roche.
Volunteers donating and working at the Food Bank say it gives them a warm feeling to be able to help others in need.
"It makes me feel excited because I know that people for Thanksgiving will be able to have food for their family and they can just celebrate with their family without having to worry to not have food,” says, volunteer, Kye Wells.
"It feels great to help others that are in need at in this time of holidays, and myself I have needed some assistance at times, and to do some volunteer work back, it feels very good, you know to give back to society,” says, local volunteer, Octavano Munoz.
Distribution for the Turkey boxes will be from 8 am to 3 pm on Tuesday November 26th.
Volunteers are needed to help out. If you want to volunteer you can call 233-8811