As the holidays draw near, many families begin preparing for abundant feasts and old family traditions. However, for many more, the holidays often mean a struggle simply to provide a Thanksgiving turkey for their children. At United Neighborhood Centers, Thanksgiving remains a time to help those struggling families prepare for their own holiday traditions with a Thanksgiving food basket.
Now in its 34th year, United Neighborhood Centers provides almost 2,000 families with children all the trimmings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal annually. Each family receives a basket including a turkey, potatoes, carrots, bread or croutons, cranberry sauce, celery, onions, apples, pumpkin pie mix, pie crust mix, non-dairy whipped topping, and canned vegetables.
Registration for UNC’s Thanksgiving Feed-A-Friend Food Basket Program will begin in early November of each year.
In addition to the Scranton based Food Basket Program, United Neighborhood Centers also partners with the Upper Valley Project Hope Committee to provide a Thanksgiving Basket distribution in Carbondale. This partnership works to serve the needy families in the upper valley, Carbondale area who are unable to participate in the Scranton program.
Registering families must have children 18 or under living in the household. Proof of income (examples can include access cards, unemployment records, current pay stubs, social security letter, etc.) and any form of documentation of family members in the household are required for registration.
Last year, the Thanksgiving Food Basket Program fed over 2,000 families in the community.