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Thanksgiving For the Hungry

Put together a boxed Thanksgiving dinner to feed a hungry family.

You can start changing our world for the better daily, no matter how small the action.”

~ Nelson Madela

This time of year, when we celebrate so many good things in our lives: family, friends, and warm homes, we see the needs of others and want to do more—to make the world a better place. But this time of year also means that we are pulled in twenty different directions at one time and, although we wish we could do more for others, we just … can’t.

Or can we? Did you know that last year The Daily Bread Community Food Pantry donated more than 230 turkey dinners to local needy families? Each and every one of these dinners was DONATED!

This is how you can help—this is how you can get your kids/grandkids to help others! Get them involved with making a difference! And, the best part? It doesn’t take but a little bit of planning on your part.

First, contact The Daily Bread Community Food Pantry (610-489-5540) and let them know what size dinner you’d like to donate.

Next, you need a box with a lid. I had my husband grab an empty one from his office’s printing room, as they always have several sitting around.

Then either make a grocery visit solely for this purpose, or just add these items on to your regular grocery shopping list.

1-2 Person Thanksgiving Boxed Dinner:

  • 1 grocery gift-card to cover the cost of a turkey/turkey breast
  • Potatoes/boxed potatoes
  • Jar of gravy/gravy mix
  • 1 box stuffing mix
  • 1 can cranberry sauce
  • 1 can yams
  • 2 cans of different kinds of vegetables
  • Boxed bread mix/dinner roll mix
  • 1 pound of butter
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • Juice
  • Dessert (jar/can of filling with a pie crust mix)

Now this is just for a basic dinner, you are welcome to add to this dinner what you’d like. Because I’m super frugal, I bought Wegman’s store brands whenever I could and the total came out to only $31.29! An entire Thanksgiving dinner for a family of 1-2 people for what I’d pay to take my kids on a Wawa run! Add in some fun dinner napkins, tablecloth, and plastic cutlery from the Dollar Store and you’ve made their donated dinner into something a bit more festive!

If you are one of those lovely generous souls who want to do something more, perhaps double the amounts of everything above and give to a family of 3-4, add in a bit more for a family of 5-6 or 7-8 or even give enough to feed a family of 9 or more! Our community needs boxed dinners of all sizes, all help is welcomed!

After you have assembled your donated box or boxes, please label them with the size of family the dinner is intended for.

Then please bring them by the pantry at 3938B Ridge Pike, Collegeville BEFORE noon on Tuesday, 26th November.

Each needy family signs up ahead of time to receive their box. Last year, our families simply drove around the food pantry in a giant ‘U’ formation, in two lanes—each family receiving their dinner from a volunteer who ran it right up to their car! The love and support of our local community is truly an amazing thing to see in action!

If you’ve donated to this cause in the past, please consider doing so again—we need your support!

If you have always wanted to help, we hope this is an easy way for you & your family to give.

As always, thank you so much for being a part of our community!


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