The Food Bank exceeds goal for November turkey drive
COLUMBIA - The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri is already celebrating a successful November of giving.
It teamed up with other local businesses and organizations for the first time to help collect turkeys for those in need this holiday season.
"We thought it would be a great idea, particularly during the Thanksgiving holiday, to find a way to provide families in need, with turkey," Executive Director Lindsay Lopez said.
She said the idea came from a young man in the community.
"We had an eagle scout, terrific eagle scout, who last year, in 2014, who came up with the idea to provide turkey and he went on his own turkey drive," Lopez said.
She said he collected around 125 turkeys for those in need. This year the food bank set a goal to collect 700 turkeys.
"First year for this effort and we didn't really know what to anticipate what we might be able to get but we're thrilled with the turnout we had and the kind of support we achieved," Lopez said.
With the help of the community, the food bank surpassed its goal.
"This year we're thrilled we're able to provide 863 turkeys to families in need and that actually equates to more than 10,000 pounds of turkey that we'll be able to provide to those families," Lopez said.
She said the drive is a great way to give to families and help brighten their holiday season.
"Turkey is the centerpiece, or the staple, of the Thanksgiving meal," Lopez said. "So it means that they'll be able to enjoy, hopefully, the same type of holiday meal or experience as I know that I'll be able to enjoy with my family and most others will."
She said she can't wait to see what next year has in store.
"This effort was so successful this year that I think, absolutely, we'll be looking at doing something similar again next year and hoping for even larger numbers," Lopez said.
She said people can pick up vouchers to get their turkeys at pantries in Boone and Cole County. Donations for the turkey drive ended earlier this week. They will give them out while they last.
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