MINNEAPOLIS (TBEN) – Families flocked to Golden Valley on Saturday to line up for what organizers say is Minnesota’s biggest day-long turkey giveaway.
The need for support is enormous. But something as great as need is at the heart of those who want to support them.
A Minnesota and PRISM have organized with the help of others to distribute 1,000 turkeys with all the ingredients people need to make a homemade Thanksgiving dinner. The groceries they distributed could feed nearly 5,000 people.
“It’s the best feeling in the world. 20 years ago this week I was homeless without the resources to support my own family, so being here today to provide something for so many families – it’s just beyond words Said organizer Chris Whidby of One Minnesota.
“It’s hard times right now, you know? And the last thing people have to worry about is eating you know? said Quinton Leake of PRISM.
“I think we really need to come together as a community to help those less fortunate than us who have had a really tough year, a really tough experience,” said Janie Briggs of One Minnesota.
Hundreds of people were online on Saturday before the event even started. The lines stretched around the block and returned to the freeway at the start of the event.
It’s a year full of unimaginable setbacks and hardships, but Thanksgiving isn’t canceled this year, nor is the kindness or generosity that goes with it.
“They are very smiley, they are very grateful and grateful. What they don’t know is that we are just as grateful as they are, ”said Whidby.
“There was a huge need and I’m so glad we were able to meet it,” Briggs said.
PRISM operates a regular food shelf which you can learn more about here.