Volunteers field up Thanksgiving meals for 8,000 individuals

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Thanksgiving custom continues for the Mild of Life Rescue mission. They spent this yr getting ready to serve meals to eight,000 Allegheny County residents.

Greater than 100 volunteers packed the bins with turkey, gravy, stuffing, corn, cornbread and extra on the World Imaginative and prescient distribution middle on Monday morning. 

“If it is simply packing bins and placing rolls or stuffing or potatoes in a field, it looks like a small factor, nevertheless it’s an incredible affect,” mentioned Shannon Arnold, FedEx Floor College managing director. “To listen to that we’re serving 2,000 households this yr, it is such a blessing.”

Arnold has been volunteering for 4 years together with her FedEx co-workers. This yr, greater than 20 are collaborating.

“It is actually necessary for us to acknowledge that there is all several types of individuals on this world who want our assist and we have now the flexibility to do it,” mentioned Arnold.

“Meals insecurity has been rising in our space,” mentioned Jerrel Gilliam, the Mild of Life govt director. “One in seven individuals say they’re experiencing meals insecurity, so this outreach is essential at the moment of yr.”

Gilliam mentioned that is one method to deliver the neighborhood collectively to assist their neighbors.

“There are individuals in Allegheny County that care about them and love them and immediately we have to know that message,” mentioned Gilliam. “There may be a lot on the market about division, hatred and all that stuff.” 

“We’re hopefully delivering hope this yr to the people who find themselves feeling slightly neglected, are feeling challenged and it is a manner for us to ship again to the communities we serve.”

They hope to fill households with meals and an entire lot of religion this vacation season.

On Thanksgiving day, the Mild of Life Rescue Mission will serve greater than 1,000 meals in addition to hand out hygiene kits, gloves and scarves.

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