Nonprofits and Food Banks in the Springfield Metro Area Prepare for Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving approaching, several outreach efforts are underway to ensure that families who need help preparing a meal are served.

For example, Hampden District Turkey Drive has grown to support more families in Springfield. The turkey drive, co-sponsored by local elected politicians and local small businesses, is expected to feed 500 families and run through November 21.

On Sunday, November 20, the turkey drive will begin at 1 pm at Jackalope Restaurant, located at 254 Worthington St. in Springfield. On Monday, November 21, the campaign will kick off at 4 pm at New Homes Realty Group, located at 906 Carew St., Springfield. Turkeys will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Springfield residents must bring proof of residency, as well as proof of financial assistance.

State Senator Adam Gomez, D-Springfield, who is in charge of the turkey drive, is seeking volunteers for each distribution site. On distribution day, volunteers are asked to sign in with the distribution supervisors at each location.

In addition to Hampden District Turkey Drive, nonprofit organizations and food banks are working to ensure that families in the Greater Springfield region enjoy a nutritious meal this holiday season.

In Chicopee, Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen & Pantry Inc. is the beneficiary of a food drive organized by Access to Media. The drive will continue through Monday, November 21, from 8 am to 5 pm The ad agency is collecting cans of soup, tuna and chicken, cake mix and frosting, peanut butter and jelly and pie crust and filling, olives, pickles, canned yams, or sweet potatoes.

Melissa St. Andre, administrative financial manager for Access to Media, said if residents can’t bring in food before Monday or during the ad agency’s business hours, she will schedule a date and time to pick it up or have the donor bring it to them. . to turn off. “I don’t mind continuing this food drive,” St. Andre said.

St. Andre can be reached at 413-693-9896. Access to Media is located at 432 Front St., Chicopee, and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kim Caisse, CEO of Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen & Pantry Inc., said that with the donations raised, staff members will prepare additional bags for her customers to go along with their regular pantry items.

“If someone who is not from Chicopee comes in, we will not turn them away,” Caisse said. “We would give them an emergency box and we would also give them a list of places that are available in their own cities, but we would never turn them away.”

The soup kitchen, located at 170 Pendexter Ave., can be reached at 413-592-9528 and is open from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday.

in springfieldThe Springfield Rescue Mission, which serves the poor and homeless in Greater Springfield, will bring back its annual Thanksgiving banquet on November 23.

Turkey, pumpkin, homemade stuffing, cranberry sauce and a variety of desserts will be available at the banquet, which takes place from 1-3 p.m. 12:30 p.m. on the same day.

“We try to keep the meals as traditional as possible,” said Robin Gobeille, development coordinator for the Springfield Rescue Mission. “Everyone is welcome; anyone can get meals.

The Springfield Rescue Mission is located at 10 Mill St.

Additionally, Follow My Steps, a nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking down socioeconomic barriers in low-income communities, is holding its third annual food drive.

All donations, which include turkey, boxes of stuffing, granola bars, cranberry sauce, boxed potatoes, canned salsa, beans and corn, pastries, will be donated to The Friends of the Homeless Shelter, located at 755 Worthington St.

“It’s about the mission of our organization, which is to have this comprehensive community support system,” said Tyrone Williams, co-founder of Follow My Steps. “Every year, we raise a minimum of $2,000 and donate more than 200 turkeys.”

To contact Follow My Steps, call 617-297-7491.

in WestfieldThe Westfield Food Pantry plans to donate approximately 300 Thanksgiving dinners for families to take home and cook at home and provide 500 hot Thanksgiving meals for various locations around town with the Food Truck. For All Westfield, like the Westfield Housing Authority.

The pantry is also hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday, November 22 from 1 pm to 3 pm at 62 School St. The dinner is operating as a first-come, first-served event, while supplies last.

“Dinner comes with all the fixings, including fresh potatoes, fresh squash, apples, stuffing, cranberry sauce, biscuits and dessert,” said Rebecca Hart, director of the Westfield Food Pantry.

To contact the food pantry, schedule a donation or pickup date, please email [email protected] or

In West SpringfieldParish Cupboard, which serves residents of West Springfield, Agawam and Feeding Hills, is collecting turkeys, canned gravy, mashed potatoes, canned cranberry sauce and desserts ahead of the holidays.

The pantry, located at 738 Main St., is open from 9 am to 11 am, Monday through Friday.

“Anyone who wants to donate can give us a call,” said Lorraine Craven, outreach coordinator for the Parish Cupboard. “We have a nice parking lot, so residents can ring the bell, and one of us will come out and take whatever donations they have for us.”

He added: “We have already distributed 51 bucks. “We have regular customers that come in every month and if they want a turkey with the sides, they can get one along with their regular order.”

For more information on becoming a Parish Cupboard customer, call 413-734-7969.

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