Bradley Food Pantry will serve nearly 800 families

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BRADLEY BEACH — For the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the Bradley Food Pantry will be serving nearly 800 families in need from Bradley Beach and the local area.

Each family will receive two bags of trimmings, including potatoes, assorted vegetables and more. Along with the trimmings, the recipients will also receive a turkey to complete their holiday meal.

There will be roughly 40 volunteers stationed in the back of the pantry to load the two bags of trimmings and the turkey for people to carry out. Each of the 780 families being served this year will be provided a turkey, stuffing mix, gravy, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables, applesauce, onions, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, pie crust mix, pudding mix, cornbread mix and milk.

According to pantry director Linda Curtiss, a truck filled with pallets packed with food will be unloaded and used toward the meals despite already having a large amount of canned goods in the pantry.

“It’s really quite an amazing sight to see the back room loaded with all the food. It almost looks like a hive,” said Ms. Curtiss.

According to the director, local supermarkets will donate food that has passed its sell-by date, which often has more time before it truly is not edible.

“Most of the items still have a week or two left, the frozen things have even longer,” said Jayne Mackta, a volunteer at the pantry.

For more on this story, read The Coast Star—on newsstands Thursday or online in our e-Edition.

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