Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana is encouraging individuals, businesses, schools, organizations, and neighborhoods to begin collecting food and funds for Turkey Rally 2012. On Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Community Harvest will collect frozen turkeys, hams, holiday food items, and monetary donations to help provide holiday meals to those who are struggling this year. Throughout the day the food bank will collect donations and Indiana's NewsCenter will broadcast live reports from the food bank during their newscasts. All donations can be brought to Community Harvest, 999 E. Tillman Road, Fort Wayne.
New this year, YOYO Frozen Yogurt will also serve as a collection point for frozen turkeys November 1 - 19. For every frozen turkey brought in to their Lima Road or Illinois Road locations the donor will receive a free cup of yogurt.
"This time of year brings about added expenses for all families especially as it gets colder with home heating bills," said Jane Avery, executive director, Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc. "Being able to share a holiday meal at home is something that families who are struggling often times cannot afford, but that tradition is so important. We are asking folks to begin collecting donations now and bring them to the food bank on November 1st. It's going to take all of us to fill the need. Thanks to the generous folks at Indiana's NewsCenter for partnering with us again for the sixth year in a row and also this year the kind folks at YOYO Frozen Yogurt! We are privileged to help those who are having a difficult time this season enjoy the dignity of a traditional holiday meal with their family. Together we are feeding northeast Indiana!"
Over the last five years Turkey Rally has raised $40,409, over 2,250 turkeys and hams and nearly 8,000 pounds of additional holiday food items. Often times the people bringing in donations during Turkey Rally state that they were once clients of Community Harvest and want to give back now that they're able. It is estimated that Community Harvest will supply over 8,000 holiday meals this year via their 430 member agencies.
The products that are needed the most are:
·Boxed pie crust mix
·Boxed cake mixes
·Canned pumpkin/pumpkin pie mix
·Canned cream of mushroom, chicken or celery soup (to make green bean casserole)
·Canned French fried onions (for on top of green bean casserole)
·Condiments (salt, pepper, sugar, mustard, ketchup)
·Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. for pies and holiday baking)
·Canned evaporated milk
Please no glass containers. All food must be commercially processed – no home canned products can be accepted
Cash, checks or credit card donations can be made in person, by mail or online at www.communityharvest.org.