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Food banks need help battling holiday hunger

Esther J. Cepeda on

"You don't go to the grocery store the night before to buy your food for Thanksgiving, and it's very hard for us to help our clients have a Thanksgiving dinner when the food comes in one or two days before," Fore said. "And even if we got money [two days before Thanksgiving] to buy turkeys and extra potatoes, we wouldn't have time to get the food in, separated and ready to distribute in time to get the baskets into families' hands."

Fore said she's been collecting frozen pies for Thanksgiving since August but is feeling grim about her ability to collect turkeys for the estimated 200 families who will be turning to Heaven's Bounty for a Thanksgiving meal -- because people don't think about their local food pantry until the last days before holidays.

"No one has done a food drive for us, so I doubt I'll be able to have Thanksgiving baskets for families this year, but we could still give out non-perishables and other items if the donations start coming in -- but they'd have to start coming in now," Fore said.

With two weeks left until our national day of eating, please make some room in your meal budget to donate food or cash.

Local is always best, but Heaven's Bounty would welcome your donations at P.O. Box 1361, Collegedale, Tennessee 37315, and so would Feeding America at feedingamerica.org. This is one food splurge that will be kind to others and to your own waistline.

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Esther Cepeda's email address is estherjcepeda@washpost.com.

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