BRADLEY BEACH — The Bradley Food Pantry, a non-profit in its 40th year of operation, supplied a record setting 620 families with Thanksgiving dinners on Nov. 18, donating boxes of food with all the staples present in a Thanksgiving dinner, including stuffing, cranberry sauce, vegetables, and of course, a turkey.
The Bradley Food Pantry helps over 1,000 families each month, and Linda Curtiss, Director of the Food Pantry, said that rises in food costs are putting a strain on the local community. “Many families simply don’t have the funds to buy food for their families,” said Ms. Curtiss. “I spoke with families waiting in line and the joy on their faces was worth working in the cold.”
Thanksgiving dinner wasn’t the only thing available on Friday. This year, the food pantry partnered with Helpsy, an environmentally-focused organization that advocates for donating winter coats for reuse, rather than throwing unwanted coats away.
According to a statement released by Helpsy, they provided 500 winter coats for the turkey drive, and plan to donate 50,000 coats to those in need across the entire northeast this fall.
The Bradley food pantry is now registering families for their Christmas distribution, which is scheduled for Dec. 21st. Families will be provided a turkey or ham, and a box of products to make a complete meal. Children ages 12 and under will be able to receive toys.
Bradley Beach Food Pantry is able to operate with the help of volunteers and donations.
Donations of funds or toys can be mailed or brought to the pantry at 605 4th Avenue. For more information, visit bradleyfoodpantry.org.
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