Food pantry sponsors Feed-A-Family Christmas meal giveaway

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The Joe LeBlanc Food Pantry is sponsoring its first Feed-A-Family Christmas meal.

Jessica Lewis, director, said the Thanksgiving Feed-A-Family events were so successful, they wanted to try it for Christmas, even though two events such as this are big undertakings.

“It didn’t sit well with us that a family had a full meal for Thanksgiving but didn’t at Christmas,” she said. “They would get their normal distribution, but we want to make sure they have the full traditional holiday meal at Christmas as well. This is the first year that we felt like it was time to take that step of faith.”

The meals, which will feed about a family of four, will include either a turkey or baking hen, sweet potatoes, green beans, corn, carrots, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and a dessert.

Families who meet the income requirements will also get their normal monthly food distribution, she said.

Their goal is to feed 600 families this Christmas and so far they have 42 sponsored. A $20 donation can be made by check and mailed to JLFP, 408 Broadway St., Minden, or through PayPal by going to their Facebook page and clicking on the link.

The deadline for sponsorship is Thursday, Dec. 15, with distribution set for Saturday, Dec. 17.

The food pantry has been sponsoring the Feed-A-Family program at Thanksgiving for the past four years, and Lewis said she hopes the Christmas Feed-A-Family will be supported as well as the Thanksgiving program.

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