Arvada Community Food Bank drive to collect Thanksgiving essentials

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Arvada Community Food Bank is talking turkey and other holiday favorites.

Officials with the Arvada Community Food Bank would like to provide 1,000 families in Arvada and part of Wheat Ridge with a hearty Thanksgiving meal, but needs the community’s help to make that possible. The food bank is hosting its Thanksgiving Stop ‘n’ Drop food drive from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the food bank, 8555 W. 57th Ave.

The food bank has hosted a Thanksgiving food drive for more than 20 years to help meet the need during the holiday season.

“We’ve always had a very good outpouring from the community, especially for such a special occasion,” said Arvada Community Food Bank Executive Director Ernie Giron. “Over the past 20 years, the Thanksgiving baskets have been the community’s way of saying you can join in on that special, special occasion. Folks are always very thankful for the baskets.”

To fill the baskets with all of the ingredients to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner, the Arvada Community Food Bank is collecting pie crusts, cake mixes, canned fruits and vegetables, cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy, chicken broth, potato flakes, macaroni and cheese, Jell-O and pudding mixes, corn bread mixes, turkeys and hams.

The food bank is also accepting cash donations to help in the purchase or turkeys and hams or certificates for turkeys and hams so customers can receive one for free from a local store.

Volunteers will be on hand to help Arvadans unload their donations and give them a receipt for their donations.

If residents wish to donate items for the Thanksgiving baskets, but can’t make it to the Stop ‘n’ Drop food drive, they can still drop off items at the food bank through Nov. 14. Thanksgiving basket distribution is Nov. 17.

“The food drive makes it so everyone in the community is able to celebrate this very special holiday in their homes with family and friends,” Giron said. “It certainly is a community effort; we’re excited about what we can do on behalf of the community and are looking forward to the success of Stop ‘n’ Drop.”

For more information about the Thanksgiving Stop ‘n’ Drop food drive, call 303-424-6685 or visit www.ArvadaCFB.com.

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