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Hundreds Line Up for Holiday Help at St. Joseph Food Bank

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, some are getting a little help with their holiday meal. They lined up early for the annual giveaway at Second Harvest Community Food Bank Monday afternoon.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) With Thanksgiving just a few days away, some are getting a little help with their holiday meal.

They lined up early for the annual giveaway at Second Harvest Community Food Bank Monday afternoon.

With vouchers in hand, cars made there way through long lines to pick up items for their Thanksgiving dinner.

Volunteers handed out turkeys, potatoes, canned goods and other holiday basics.

"Luckily, we have some amazing donors in our service areas so the extra food that is going along with the boxes is donated by donors through food drives," said Tamara Grubb, Second Harvest.

Volunteers, along side Second Harvest workers, placed orders into cars for those in the drive-thru line or handed out the meals to those who walked to the location.

"I am with Deffenbaugh and all of the management team is donating some time and we just want to help out the community," said Jack Elder, Deffenbaugh.

Second Harvest distributed about 2,100 meals to St. Joseph families. Around 1,000 meals were distributed through a partner agency network in the surrounding counties.

"It's pretty awesome. I am surprised by the turnout to be honest. There is a lot of people in need and also a lot of volunteers," added Elder.

This is the third year that Second Harvest has hosted the event. Each year, the number of families receiving assistance has grown.
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