More than 200 meals will be distributed for the Thanksgiving holiday to Pickerington area residents in need, courtesy of the PCMA Food Pantry.
Pantry Director of Operations Gessica Peraza said the Thanksgiving baskets, filled with all of the holiday's traditional essentials, are being assembled through the collaborative efforts of various local churches and residents.
"We are holding this event because there are so many people in need, especially during the holidays," Peraza said.
She said churches committed to helping with the event included Pickerington Christian, Unity East, Epiphany, Prince of Peace, Sycamore Creek, Pickerington Nazarene, Grace Lutheran and Peace United Methodist.
The Violet Grange also is participating in the event.
"The baskets include a turkey, potatoes, stuffing mix, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and cookies," Peraza said.
She is advising pantry clients who have made reservations to pick up their Thanksgiving basket on saturday, November 23 between noon and 2 p.m. at the PCMA Food Pantry, 70 Cross St. In Pickerington.
"Please note we will have a drive-through set up for your convenience. There will be directional signs," said Peraza, who also reminded clients to bring identification.
Given the high demand, the pantry has fulfilled its quota in regards to the baskets.
"We are sorry, but we are no longer taking orders for baskets at this time," Peraza said.
Numbers continue to soar in terms of those area residents who avail themselves of the pantry's services.
Peraza said October alone saw 174 families and 580 people total served by the pantry.
The final tally was 13,920 meals provided by the pantry for that month.
Thanksgiving service planned
The Pickerington Christian Ministerial Association is sponsoring a Community Thanksgiving Service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 in Seton Parish Catholic Church, 600 Hill Road North.
Peraza said the the PCMA is requesting attendees bring a canned food donation to the service which will go to help stock the pantry.
"They are expecting about 200 people," she said.
Cash donations will also be accepted. Checks should be made out to PCMA Food Pantry. Area churches will provide music and a social will follow the service in Seton's Herrmann Hall.