With Thanksgiving around the corner, most Americans are probably thinking about their favorite Thanksgiving dish. Many people view Thanksgiving as a time for friends and family to get together and spend time around a giant table of food. Unfortunately, some families do not have the financial means to provide a whole turkey dinner for their family. Everyone deserves to have a big turkey dinner no matter what their financial situation may be, so this year The Community Food Pantry and Breezin’ Entertainment and Productions stepped in to help.
On Saturday, November 16th, Breezin’ Entertainment and Productions teamed up with Community Food Pantry for their third consecutive year to host the Turkey Drive. The Turkey Drive provides families in the North Tampa and Carrollwood communities with Thanksgiving necessities to put together their very own meal. Each family is provided a turkey along with a grocery bag that is filled with sides, plates, napkins, tablecloths, and supportive notes. This year Breezin’ and Community Food Pantry reached their goal of 500 turkeys donated and families served, totaling over 200 more than the previous year.
Cars were seen lining up around the corner past where the eye could see. As each car rolled up to the Turkey Drive, they were greeted by the smiling faces of 95 volunteers who eagerly loaded turkeys into each car despite the cold weather. This year, Breezin’ welcomed 10 of their very own volunteers to the drive and donated 250 turkeys with the help of The Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago, more than double the previous year.
The Community Food Pantry began in 2008 as a small closet of food located in a church. By 2018, they expanded were serving 43,000 people within the Tampa Bay community, of which over a third were children and 15% were seniors. Not only does the Community Food Pantry provide food to families in need, but they also offer blood pressure screenings and information on social services that may be useful. As the Community Food Pantry continues to grow, they anticipate feeding over 50,000 people for the year of 2019.
Thanksgiving is not only a holiday of great food, but also a day to give thanks for what life has provided for us and to give back to the community. The Community Food Pantry has been working hard for 11 years to provide families with food and resources they need no matter their race, religion, financial situation, or overall perceived need. Breezin’ was honored to team up with the Community Food Pantry this past Saturday to help all families of Tampa Bay enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.
If you’d like to learn more about the Community Food Pantry and the Turkey Drive you can check out our Facebook page, facebook.com/breezinentertainment, where we’ve posted a video to document a small portion of the event. From Breezin’ Entertainment and Productions, we wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
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