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700 families expected to receive Thanksgiving meals
About 700 Mon-Yough area families will receive free Thanksgiving dinners with the help of state Rep. Austin Davis, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Turkeys, boxes of stuffing and potatoes as well as canned gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables and sweet potatoes will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Nov. 21 at McKeesport Area High School, 1960 Eden Park Blvd.
Registration is required. Call (412) 460-3663 ext. 655 or visit pittsburghfoodbank.org/get-help/drive-up to register. The deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 19.
“I think it goes without saying that 2020 has been a challenging year for many, especially when it comes to the financial hardship that was a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Davis said.
“Families have been forced to take on a lot this year, and I think the last thing residents should be worrying about is putting food on the table on Thanksgiving,” he said. “So, please, if you’re worried about paying for food, don’t hesitate to register for this event.”
Lisa Scales, president and chief executive officer of the food bank, said the organization is “thrilled” to partner with Davis and United Way on the event.
“Thousands of our neighbors have been deeply affected by COVID-19,” she said. “Job loss combined with increased utility bills and holiday costs means that families are being financially stretched this season more than ever before.”
Holidays should be a time of “hope and celebration,” especially when things are “more difficult than ever,” said Cheyenne Tyler, manager of school initiatives at United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
“United Way is proud to help make an impact on our community this Thanksgiving,” she said. “We are so thankful to have the support from leaders like Representative Austin Davis and a strong partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.”
Originally published November 11, 2020.