Thanksgiving is just around the corner, on Thursday, Nov. 28. Many local and area families are looking forward to getting together with family and friends for visiting and to share a big Thanksgiving meal, complete with turkey and all the trimmings.
But for many Miles City and Custer County residents, the Thanksgiving table won’t be filled with lots of food. Those families need a little help from some more fortunate neighbors to make Thanksgiving a memorable time.
The Custer County Food Bank will be helping out those families and individuals who need some assistance with this year’s Thanksgiving feast.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, the food bank staff, with assistance from KMTA Radio Station, Aaron’s and the Montana Lottery, will have a Thanksgiving Food Drive from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Aaron’s parking lot on South Haynes Avenue.
In conjunction with the drive, the Miles City Soup Kitchen staff will be at a food stand in the Aaron’s parking lot on Saturday providing hot coffee all day long and serving hot soup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The soup kitchen is located in the Veterans Affairs Center at 210 S. Winchester Ave. and serves soup/meals Mondays through Fridays (except holidays) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information about the soup kitchen is available by calling 234-5013.
During the Thanksgiving Food Drive, Bob Parker, director of the Custer County Food Bank, said, “We hope to gather frozen turkeys and non-perishable food items to fill food baskets for needy folks for Thanksgiving.”
Anyone who would like to make a donation of a frozen turkey; non-perishable items for a Thanksgiving meal such as canned vegetables or fruit, boxed potatoes or stuffing mix; or a monetary donation may drop the items at the Aaron’s truck in the parking lot on Saturday starting at 8 a.m.
“The food bank is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all cash donations are tax deductible,” said Parker.
“We’re so happy to be partnering with the people at Aaron’s, KMTA Radio and the Montana Lottery for this event,” added Parker. “The lottery has donated scratch tickets for radio promotions throughout the day.”
Parker explained that the local food bank serves not only needy families, many with children, but also senior citizens.
“A tremendous amount of children benefit from the food bank,” said Parker. “The food bank’s mission is to dispense food and provide a ‘leg up’ for those who need it. This Thanksgiving Food Drive will provide some food for those in need who would not otherwise have a special dinner on Thanksgiving.”
Parker added that the food bank has plenty of freezer space to store the frozen turkeys until they are loaded into baskets for delivery to needy families before Thanksgiving Day.
“Please drop by the Aaron’s truck on Saturday and help the food bank staff provide a happy Thanksgiving for the needy folks in the community,” Parker said.
For those who cannot drop items at the Thanksgiving Food Drive on Saturday, food and monetary donations may be dropped off or mailed to the Food Bank at 210 S. Winchester Ave., Miles City, MT 59301.
More information about the Custer County Food Bank and its activities is available by calling the food bank at 234-3663.