He said he got in line at 6 a.m. and was the first person there.
“This means dinner for my family,” he said. “I’m grateful for everything.”
Jennifer White, who was playing with bubbles while waiting to get a turkey, said she was in a carpool driven by her mother.
“We picked up friends and they didn’t have cars and it’s a drive-thru only so there are five people in the car and we got here right before 1 o’clock,” she said.
White said she is grateful for the turkey and is looking forward to cooking it in a slow cooker with vegetables.
Jennifer White plays with bubbles while waiting for her free turkey at the former Kroger lot on Needmore Road Nov. 19, 2020. With God’s Grace Food Pantry is giving away 1,000 turkeys. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF
Multiple churches, restaurants and community groups in the Dayton region are offering Thanksgiving meal giveaways.
Some groups are expecting record numbers this year, but not just because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The reason we’re anticipating more is because the annual event at the Dayton Convention Center isn’t doing its annual Thanksgiving luncheon,” said Pastor David Renfro of Evangel Church of God.
Throughout the pandemic The Foodbank Inc. has severed hundreds of households with weekly drive-thrus.
Outreach leader Caitlyn McIntosh said that lines are still long, but not what The Foodbank saw back in March and April.
“In March and April it had such a profound impact on people, because what if this happens again, but we’re always going to be here for everybody,” she said. “We will never shut down, we’re the last people to do that, there’s no need for people to worry about food on the table because we’ll always be there for them.”