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    CHICAGO (CBS) — This Thanksgiving is certainly different than last – when the pandemic raged without widespread vaccine availability, keeping many families separated. With a vaccine, we know more of you watching and reading were gathered with loved ones – but one thing hasn’t changed. There is still great need. READ MORE: Woman Carjacked In Parking Lot Of Mercy Hospital & Medical CenterAs CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra reported Thursday night, the Salvation Army took on its mission to address that need – with an effort to serve thousands of meals this holiday. Ludovia Edmond left the Salvation Army center with bags’ worth of food with rolls, yams, and turkey – enough for three people. She didn’t think she was hosting this Thanksgiving. “Usually, I go to my family’s house, you know, so this is my first time not going anywhere,” Edmond said. But last minute, her grandkids asked to stop by. “I didn’t have anything to cook for them or myself really, so I’m grateful,” she said. Edmond will have all the fixings, thanks to the...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) — In the last 10 days, there have been three shootings in Aurora involving teenage victims. On Thursday, an organization that’s working to stop the violence held a Thanksgiving meal distribution — a chance for teens from Aurora to give back this holiday season. (credit: CBS) Volunteers made their way around Aurora and Denver, passing out Thanksgiving meals to anyone in need. “Not everybody has the resources or the things they need to get the things they need, so we’re just trying to be there for other people,” said 15-year-old volunteer Cash Coleman. (credit: CBS) “Not everybody has a place to go for Thanksgiving, so just giving them something to eat,” said 16-year-old volunteer Tatyana. Partnering with Aurora Police, Star Girls Empowerment and other groups, the event was organized by Heavy Hands Heavy Hearts, an organization dedicated to stopping teen violence. About 20 of the volunteers passing out meals were teens who live in Aurora. “To be able to reach the youth, to be able to talk to them, to be able to pour something positive into...
    RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (KABC) -- Customers who showed up at a Boston Market in Rancho Cucamonga to pick up their pre-ordered Thanksgiving meals got an unpleasant surprise when they arrived at the restaurant.A shocking sign was posted on the door that read: "No employees showing up today. We are unable to fulfill the orders!!! We are sorry!!!"Customers were in disbelief when they found out the restaurant was closed."I have family coming over, and it's just a shame that Boston Market did this to all the people," said Arthur Lozano, a disappointed customer.Customer Frankia Medina said she didn't receive any type of notice beforehand and now has to figure out what to serve for dinner."They're not open, there's nothing to pick up, and even worse it's my birthday," said Moya Morgan.Another sign posted at the location offered an alternative to order food from a Coco's Bakery nearby.Eyewitness News reached out to Boston Market, but has not received a response.
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Plenty of families are spending time at home with food on their plates. But not everybody has that privilege on the holidays. Instead of spending Thanksgiving with their families, some in the Pittsburgh area spent Thursdays handing out food to their neighbors in need. READ MORE: False 911 Call Leads To Hours-Long Standoff In Kilbuck Township“It’s a lot of work, but we love to do it,” said Joe Bopp, commander of American Legion Post 618. (Photo Credit: KDKA) Early Thanksgiving morning, the American Legion in McKees Rocks turned on its ovens, dropped 20 turkeys in the frier and started cooking around 300 meals to serve. “We’re doing Thanksgiving dinner for anybody who needs one,” said Bopp. “We also do all the high rises in the area. We deliver them so everybody has a Thanksgiving.” Bopp said this is a tradition that has been carried out for 10 years now. But it’s not longer just volunteer work. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Officers, Volunteers Hand Deliver 3,200 Thanksgiving Meals“I don’t spend Thanksgiving with my family. I...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s become an annual tradition for the Light of Life Rescue Mission to help feed those in need on Thanksgiving. This year will be their first since moving into a new facility on the North Shore. READ MORE: Man Shot In Ankle In HomewoodThe mission wants to serve as many people as possible with a traditional meal. They want to help any man, woman or child who may be without a home or facing addiction. Last year was a bit different for them, dealing with the pandemic, but they still made sure to give out hundreds of meals in a safe manner. This year it seems to have been a little easier. Preparations got started earlier this week and it was all in an effort to make Thursday run smoothly. Local elected leaders like Mayor Bill Peduto, Mayor-Elect Ed Gainey and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald plan on serving meals. For volunteers like Don Waite, it’s a 3 a.m. alarm. “I go it’s going to be a long day,” he said. Almost immediately after waking up, he remembers...
    SOUTH LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Families in need received a little help on Tuesday in South Los Angeles. The L-A Reinvestment Foundation held its annual Turkey Grocery Giveaway on Tuesday at the People’s Independent Church of Christ. READ MORE: Historic Katowitz Menorah Moved To LA City Hall Ahead Of ChanukahThousands of people received turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal. There’s no question that the pandemic has put a financial stranglehold for families. Those receiving a turkey on Tuesday made it clear, every little help goes a long way. READ MORE: Police: Man Shot, Killed Outside Bossa Nova In Hollywood Was Coming To Defense Of Woman Being Targeted By Follow-Home Robbers“I’m on a fixed income and it’s hard living day to day,” Stanley Woods said. “This stuff here is definitely a blessing.” The annual event has been going on for nearly 40 years now. It was started by longtime South LA philanthropist E.J. Jackson. Jackson passed away in 2o16 but the tradition has continued to help hundreds of families. MORE NEWS: Angelenos Hit The Road & Board Their...
    (CBS DETROIT)– Volunteers at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen on the city’s Eastside working hard to provide hundreds of meals for families this Thanksgiving. Car after car rolled through the distribution area at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen warehouse Tuesday, each receiving a complete Thanksgiving Day meal box. READ MORE: Grace Centers of Hope Continues Mission To Help People Suffering From Addiction, Homelessness“Their getting a huge Turkey, their getting a giant box that has canned foods all kinds of rice and vegetables in there, it’s a lot it’s filling up their trucks,” said Comerica Bank Michigan Market president, Mike Ritchie. Employees with Comerica Bank have been volunteering with Capuchin for several years. In November 2020 the bank donated $100,000 to support programs with the organization through 2021, including this drive. “Oh we can’t do it without Comerica and some of these other companies that sponsor us it’s just no way we could do it by ourselves,”said operations manager, at capuchin soup kitchen warehouse Brother Rob Roemer. Brother Roemer says there’s a great need for food in the community, especially with price inflations, they had nearly 600...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After Saturday, there are just five days until Thanksgiving and some families are still wondering how they are going to put food on their tables. Groups across the city handed out and self-delivered Thanksgiving meals to those in need on Saturday. READ MORE: Man Dies From Injuries After Truck Falls On HimAbout 1,000 families are getting thanksgiving meals today at the convention center. Families say it’s not only a blessing but without it, there might not be dinner on the table. Slowly but surely, the Thanksgiving meals went as fast as they came. The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh sent out bags of goods to be distributed in neighborhoods and handed them out curbside to neighbors in need. “Thanksgiving is a time a feeling thankful and valued, connected and relations with family and there are a lot of people hungry on thanksgiving,” said Carlos T. Carter, President, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh. “If you go back to not only meat but fresh vegetables, we give that out as well just so they can feel valued and...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Dozens of families received free Thanksgiving meal kits Wednesday morning at Union Station. The meals were provided courtesy of a partnership between the nonprofit group Union Station Homeless Services, and the Southern California Gas Company. READ MORE: Santa Ana Stimulus Program To Distribute $300 Prepaid Debit Cards To Its Most Impoverished RentersThe boxes were distributed by volunteers. Each box contained the ingredients necessary to prepare a Thanksgiving meal. READ MORE: Staples Center To Be Renamed Crypto.com Arena In Largest Naming Rights Deal In HistoryOrganizers told CBSLA that with the rising cost of food and housing, it is becoming even more important to help all year long. “We’re not just here on Thanksgiving, we’re here 365 days a year, making sure that people receive the services they need,” said Dana Bean with USHS. “Not just food, but also meeting all their basic needs, and help with finding housing.” MORE NEWS: LA Metro Enrolling Riders In Low-Income Discount ProgramUSHS plans to hand out over 3,000 Thanksgiving meals this year. They will include prepared meals and meal supply boxes.
    LANCASTER (CBS) – Supply chain issues could mean Thanksgiving dinner items will be harder to find this year. According to Market Research Firm IRI, by the end of October, turkeys were 60 percent out of stock. The USDA reports the production of fresh turkeys is down 1.4 percent this year. IRI also reports that cranberry sauce is 20 percent out of stock and yams and sweet potatoes are a quarter out of stock. Bob’s Turkey Farm in Lancaster is already feeling the effects of supply chain issues. More than two weeks before Thanksgiving, they are out of fresh turkeys. Bob’s Turkey Farm in Lancaster. (WBZ-TV) “It’s been crazy,” said Susan Miner, co-owner of Bob’s. “People were calling in August wanting to order their turkeys and we would not even go live with our order system until September 27th. And right away, hundreds of turkeys coming in daily, orders.” Miner said her farm is processing fewer turkeys this year due to a staffing shortage. She also believes that customers flocked to her business earlier out of fear of shortages at grocery...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Volunteers gathered outside the Parkway Gardens apartments in the Woodlawn neighborhood to hand out bags of free groceries and 1,000 free meals on Thanksgiving morning."We're just in the Parkway Gardens community, serving the people," said Romeo Murphy, founder and executive director of Equality Should Be Normal.The meals were prepared by chef Stephanie Izard and her staff at the Girl and the Goat restaurant. Groceries were donated by Black law students at the University of Chicago."I saw that there was a big need for us to come over here and support these families over here, because they're like the lost community," said Jennifer Maddox, a Chicago police officer who founded an educational nonprofit, Future Ties, a decade ago.Maddox oversaw grocery distribution, while Murphy organized the meal giveaway.The food distribution took place in the parking lot of Tailorite Dry Cleaning Service on the corner of 65th Street and S. King Drive, where Equality Should Be Normal offered free COVID-19 testing earlier this year.Murphy is originally from a part of St. Louis that he described as "a divested area just...
    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- Volunteers tried to make the holiday special for homeless men being housed in hotels in Manhattan.The group 'Upper West Side Open Hearts' handed out 400 Thanksgiving meals at the Lucerne on Thanksgiving.They also distributed coffee and donuts at the Belleclaire on Thursday morning.ALSO READ | Judge dismisses effort to hold up homeless move from NYC hotelEMBED More News Videos CeFaan Kim reports a judge on Wednesday dismissed an effort to hold up the movement of homeless men from the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side. The handouts were followed by a spiritual walk and talk as well as a volunteer-led AA meeting.On Wednesday, a judge ruled the city can move the men out of the hotel after neighbors fought to have them removed.The approximately 200 homeless men can now be moved to the Radisson Hotel in Lower Manhattan, although there will likely be an appeal.----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More Manhattan news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a...
    VILLA PARK (CBSLA) — This Thanksgiving, when so many families are struggling to pay the bills and put food on the table, the Frazier family is doing their part to make sure everyone can enjoy their holiday. Elizabeth Frazier has been cooking 100 turkey meals since Tuesday. It’s all neatly packaged and ready to be served from their front yard to strangers who need it. Everything is free — a gift from this Villa Park family for anyone who is local, lonely, or without Thanksgiving plans. “I was getting lonely and really sad, and I knew people were feeling the same way I was,” Elizabeth said. “I wanted to somehow brighten their day and let my kids see that it’s better to look out than in yourself.” The Frazier kids were the curbside servers, running out to meet guests in masks and gloves. Local businessman Mike Anderson donated the turkeys. “I saw her post on social media and what she’s doing is really needed right now in 2020,” he said. “My company likes to give back, so we wanted to...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– This Thanksgiving is a tough one for many families impacted by job loss and insufficient housing during the coronavirus pandemic. Volunteers and organizations have stepped up to help this holiday. (credit: CBS) That includes Jeremy Harris, the owner of Harris Funeral Directors. He teamed up with First Total Gospel Outreach and Main Street Ministries to hand out food to those in need. (credit: CBS) They set up a tent at East Colfax Avenue and Laredo Street in Aurora on Thanksgiving. With the help of a local chef who volunteered his time, they were able to give away 600 meals. (credit: CBS) Harris has a history of helping people. Earlier this month he provided rides to voters on Election Day so they could cast their ballots.
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Organizations like the Salvation Army were forced to rethink their plans for Thanksgiving amid this COVID-19 surge. As CBS 2’s Meredith Barack reported, the organization still served up turkey Thursday – just differently this year. The Salvation Army has been holding a Thanksgiving dinner in Chicago for 70 years, and they weren’t about to let the pandemic change their plans. Things may have looked a bit different at the event at the Salvation Army Freedom Center Humboldt Park, but the act of giving remained the same. “Thanksgiving is a time when if you have nothing, it can be very depressing and really a hard holiday. So we wanted folks to know they were still loved and cared about,” said Major Nancy Powers of the Salvation Army, “and to have a to-go pick up meal was as close as we could come.” Dozens showed up at the Salvation Army Freedom Center, 825 N. Christiana Ave., for their Thanksgiving feast. “So you’re still getting all the trimmings, everything that you traditionally would have with the Thanksgiving meal,” Powers said....
    An American holiday beloved for its big family get-togethers arrived Thursday amid the coronavirus pandemic’s worst surge yet, forcing Californians to recast their plans as health officials warned against indoor gatherings they fear will spread the virus further. Around the Bay Area, extravagant meals were downsized to casual park hangouts. Turkey trots that normally draw thousands of runners turned into family-only jogs. Meal giveaways became socially distanced affairs. But as different as the holiday looked this season, it still brought a sense of reflection for many — especially during a grueling year marked by a global pandemic and political unrest. Stephanie Fustar, 43, of San Carlos, took her family to Cuesta Park in Mountain View to meet up with her in-laws for a picnic Thursday afternoon. The six adults chatted with their masks on, a smorgasbord of appetizers and desserts spread across a foldable table, while Fustar’s two young children played nearby. “I know there’s a lot people staying home and not doing anything, so I feel fortunate that we can at least see our family in person,” Fustar said....
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Reaching those in need took on a new meaning this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Still, hundreds of people received a hand and a hot meal on Thanksgiving in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood. The nonprofit organization Prevention Point Philadelphia on Thursday ensured hundreds of people who are facing real hardships this Thanksgiving had hot food to eat this holiday. More than 500 home-cooked meals were served to people experiencing housing or food insecurity on Thursday afternoon. “There’s definitely a big need in the neighborhood,” Ruley said. “This is the 19143 zip code, which is the most impoverished zip code in the city of Philadelphia.” Among the people who received a meal is Joe Rudolph of Frankford. Rudolph used to work as a roofer but is currently out of work, homeless, and now panhandles for money. “As I’m homeless, I currently panhandle for money,” Rudolph said. “It’s kind of shameful, but I do it for now. People don’t want to be bothered, they don’t want to roll down their windows. They’re scared. They really don’t want to interact...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It was a special day for the elderly and the homeless in Miami as volunteers, organizations, and charities fanned out to provide Thanksgiving meals for the elderly and the homeless. Amid growing food insecurity prompted by the Coronavirus, many said they were especially grateful for the meals, and on this one day for awhile, the events helped ease some of their anxiety. The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana continued a 30-year tradition of helping the elderly with Thanksgiving meals. The Kiwanis Club and more than a dozen volunteers served 150 elderly people at Smathers Plaza, a pubic housing facility for the elderly. Because of restrictions tied to the Coronavirus, they did not dine together. After living up in a hallway, they received their meals to go that included Turkey, stuffing, dessert, vegetables, and rice. One resident, Jane Rodriguez, told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “It’s a lovely thing and this food is good. This year has been harder than ever. We do what we can.” Ana Lilia said, “We feel very good about this because we are not able...
    WHITE PLAINS, Westchester Co. (WABC) -- The owner of a restaurant in Westchester County kept a generous holiday tradition alive, serving a free Thanksgiving dinner for anyone in need, no questions asked.The line of people waiting for the Little Drunken Chef restaurant in White Plains to open stretched down the block Thursday morning.Typically on Thanksgiving, restauranteurBonnie Saran offers free meals at one of her restaurants that usually includes the full sit-down experience.However, because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year's meal distribution is to-go only.Staffers were busy preparing traditional turkey and ham alongside Indian favorites like chicken tikka masala.Saran said her business is down about 60% due to the restrictions in place aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19.Still, she said there was no doubt in her mind that she would spread the spirit of the holiday this year."As any human being, the reason for our existence is to at least get a smile on somebody's face. We can make a difference in somebody's life in any shape, way or form, not just by giving a free meal. Me and my...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Some Minnesota restaurants have made a huge pivot this Thanksgiving. Originally planning on offering an in-person feast, they are now forced to close this year due to COVID-19 concerns. As the Customer Service Manager at Keys Café and Bakery, Chad Selton is in downtown Minneapolis bagging up this year’s Thanksgiving following the guidelines that by now his crew knows well. “This is a tough situation for everybody,” Selton said. “I’m hoping this is it and we’re still open and happy staying positive.” He’s staying positive that Minnesota’s month-long pause won’t turn into something more. John Schiltz is the Owner and Chef at Lake Elmo Inn. “It keeps you awake at night especially when you have so many employees who depend on you to be in business,” Schiltz said. At the Lake Elmo Inn, owner and chef John Schiltz had 180 workers pre-pandemic in March. Now, just 35 are still around to collect a paycheck. Typically, the restaurant does three times the amount of business in December as it does in a normal month, and they made sure...
    Around 8:30 Wednesday morning, Manuel Padilla and his two sons, 3-year-old Levi and 1-year-old Toto, joined the line at South Gate High School. With a five-day holiday weekend ahead, Padilla has a family to feed — and although his children are not yet in school, he turned to the Los Angeles school district for help. As Levi pushed his red scooter, Toto buried himself deeper into his stroller to hide from the L.A. Unified food services mascot Café LA Ray, a superhero with a beaming sun for a head. The Padillas were one of thousands of families that picked up free grab-and-go meals the day before Thanksgiving from 63 sites across the Los Angeles Unified School District. From mid-March, when schools first shut down amid the coronavirus crisis, to Wednesday morning, the district has given out 82 million free meals to children and adults. No one is turned away as the nation’s second-largest school district runs what Supt. Austin Beutner describes as the largest such effort in the nation during the pandemic. A woman loads meals...
    DENVER (CBS4) – This holiday season, due to the pandemic, the need for food is greater than ever. Volunteers of America is working to remedy that issue in Denver. (credit: CBS) “It’s a very important part of our tradition. For more than 125 years since inception, VOA has been delivering food year-round, but especially on Thanksgiving,” said President and CEO Dave Schunk. VOA is giving out 1,500 food boxes in a completely different way than in years’ past. The meals are distributed outside, in socially distanced groups. Recipients simply can drive up and the meals are brought to them. Schunk, along with Marketing and Public Relations Director Vanessa Clark, tells CBS4’s Mekialaya White they are seeing new populations of people in need emerging. “Those that may be living paycheck to paycheck and now they’ve lost that cushion. They’re here and they need just a little help. More of a hand up than a handout, but that’s what VOA does. We’re there for them in that case,” said Schunk. “And unfortunately the pandemic is affecting lower income folks, especially when we...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – More than 1.5 million Thanksgiving meals were being distributed to families of Los Angeles Unified School District students Wednesday. The meals will be handed out through the district’s Grab & Go Food Centers. They will include sliced turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy and green beans. Meatless meals are available for students and families who request them in advance. “This effort sounds like something out of the ‘Guinness Book of World Records,’ as I don’t think any relief program has ever provided 1.5 million meals in just one day,” LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner said in a video briefing Monday. Manish Singh, director of LAUSD Food Services, said the district has already delivered 80 million meals to families in need since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March. The meals were being handed out between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. To find the nearest Grab & Go Center near you, click here. The district has close to 700,000 students and nearly 75,000 teachers and employees working across 1,386 schools. Although LAUSD has begun ramping up preparations for...
    PHOENIX (AP) — With their annual Thanksgiving meal for disadvantaged students cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak, alumni from one local community college held a drive-through food distribution Tuesday so people can cook their own holiday dinner. The vehicles of 100 students who signed up beforehand lined up in the Phoenix College parking lot. Masked staff and volunteers placed a bag with turkey, mashed potatoes, pie and other fixings in the back of each vehicle. It's an example of how traditional meals for the disadvantaged have had to be reimagined this year to prevent spread of the virus even as the ranks of the needy have grown. “A lot of the students are focused on trying to figure out what they are going to eat” for Thanksgiving, said Monique Briones, a nursing student helping distribute food. She also signed up for her own family to receive food for a holiday meal donated by the Phoenix College Alumni Association. Briones is living with her boyfriend, their five children and his parents during the pandemic. Edgar Gonzales, another nursing student, also helped...
    Deputies handed out hundreds of Thanksgiving meals complete with frozen turkeys in Orlando, Florida. Officers with the Orange County Sheriff’s office could be seen wearing face masks while helping load up turkeys, bags and boxes with all the goods one might need for a Thanksgiving meal into cars in a video shared on Twitter by ABC News. Check it out! Hundreds lined up as Florida deputies distributed 400 Thanksgiving meals, which included a large frozen turkey, in Orlando. https://t.co/ApdEm5Q06w pic.twitter.com/bfoGhZsBBC — ABC News (@ABC) November 24, 2020 “Hundreds lined up as Florida deputies distributed 400 Thanksgiving meals, which included a large frozen turkey, in Orlando,” the tweet from the outlet read. (RELATED: Tyler Perry Plays Santa Claus, Paying More Than $400K Worth Of Holiday Shoppers Layaway Tabs) In the clip, we see the long lines of cars pulling up to get their goods. The event took place over the weekend. “This past weekend, OCSO, in partnership with @NewlinLaw, @Publix and @Amazon, gave away 400 Thanksgiving meals to families in need,” a tweet from the Orange County sheriff’s office about...
    This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. For many, Thanksgiving this year will look much different than it did in 2019. But for Sharita Rouse in Manassas, things will look largely the same, just with more masks. For the second year, the owner of Old Town’s Tummy-Yum Yum candy apple shop will be serving a hot Thanksgiving meal – outside – to locals in need. Last year, Rouse said, she and a group of staff and volunteers served about 80 meals. Because of the pandemic, she’s planning for as many as 200 this year. There’s nothing new about serving free food for Rouse and her team. They’ve been giving out free lunches with whatever they can throw together for years and increased their free service during the pandemic, which has left many more people food insecure than before. But as they were last year, this week’s offerings will be special. The menu reads like something straight out of a Betty Crocker cookbook: turkey, ham, fried chicken, collard greens, mashed potatoes,...
    UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — A group of independent restauranteurs from Ukrainian Village, Wicker Park and Bucktown are teaming up Wednesday to provide nearly 1,000 Thanksgiving meals to those in need. From 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, meals will be given away at Bucktown sports bar Jack & Ginger’s, 2048 W. Armitage Ave. Robert Magiet, owner of TaKorea Cocina, 1022 N. Western Ave., is spearheading the grassroots effort and is still accepting meal requests. To reserve a meal for pickup Wednesday, email takoreacocina@gmail.com. Put “Thanksgiving Meals” in the subject line. Meal packages will include turkey, smoked ham, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, vegetable salad, creamy mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and cookies. Meals were funded by neighbors, cooked by neighborhood restaurants and packaged and distributed by neighborhood volunteers. Magiet said he was partially inspired by his partnership with the Love Fridge, a nonprofit giving away free food through refrigerators placed around the city, as well stories of child hunger shared by his wife, who is a Chicago Public Schools teacher. “I can’t imagine any of my children not having...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some NBA Hall of Famers are helping out New Yorkers in need for the holidays. Knicks legend “Earl the Pearl” Monroe, John Starks and other sports greats turned out to help hand out Thanksgiving meals. The event on the West Side was co-sponsored by Gristedes and D’Agostinos supermarkets and St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters. They say donations have fallen by 75% because of the pandemic, but demand has skyrocketed. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK COVID In New York: Cuomo Says It’s Possible NYC Schools Could Reopen Even If Positivity Rate Stays Above 3% Pushes, Punches, Slashings: With Violence Getting Out Of Control On NYC Subways, Guardian Angels Step Up To Patrol NYPD Officer Assaulted By Multiple People While Jogging In Queens “All those who are looking at us on TV, you know, go out and do your job, as well, give. Just like these people are giving here,” Monroe said. “New Yorkers, we know how to come together, especially in a time of need. Like we’ve all been talking about, this year has...
    UNION, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — There was a big show of support in New Jersey to make sure everyone gets a Thanksgiving meal. The Community Food Bank of New Jersey and officials with Union County teamed up at Kean University on Saturday. Together, they were able to hand out 2,500 Thanksgiving meals. CBS2’s John Elliott caught up with volunteers. The Community Food Bank of New Jersey and officials with Union County teamed up at Kean University to hand out 2,500 Thanksgiving meals on Nov. 21, 2020. (Credit: CBS2) “Over 100 volunteers, students from Kean University, Union County employees, members of the public who want to help the community,” said Al Mirabella, chairman of the Union County Freeholders. RELATED STORY: Health Organizations, Community Groups Distribute Food For Thanksgiving In Brooklyn People were lining up as early as 6 a.m. “It just speaks to the real need there is in the community. We’ve been helping out in Union County for months and months, giving out over a million meals, and every Saturday, we have an event to give back and help people who...
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