As she pulled up to receive a turkey and the fixings for Thanksgiving, one young mother of three was especially thankful this year.

As she pulled up to receive a turkey and the fixings for Thanksgiving, one young mother of three was especially thankful this year.

Last week, the family car broke down and money set aside for the holiday meal instead went into car repairs.

"They would not have had Thanksgiving this year," said Worthington Food Pantry director Jennifer Fralic. "She was tearing up."

Many of the 223 families who picked up their turkey dinners Sunday afternoon, Nov. 24, might have done without if not for the generosity of the Healthy Worthington Resource Center and Food Pantry and the benefactors who donated the turkeys.

This year, contributions from an anonymous donor were matched by C.A. Technologies, located in the Crosswoods area.

Their donation was used to purchase turkeys at a low price from the Hills Market.

The Greek Orthodox Church also donated 22 turkeys and fresh rolls.

Along with the birds, the families received a bag filled with items such as potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, cranberries and pumpkin.

This year marked the fourth Thanksgiving the pantry has made sure its clients had a holiday dinner. Clients pick up a voucher during November, then present it for a dinner.

On Sunday, they simply pulled up and volunteers loaded their vehicles.

But Thanksgiving is far from the only dinner the pantry provides. In September alone, there were 486 visits to the pantry, which is located at 445 E. Dublin-Granville Road, in the former Harding Hospital building.

The pantry is set up much like a grocery store, with shelves and coolers stocked with food. Clients shop with a helper and pick up three days worth of food at a time. Each family is permitted two trips to the pantry each month.

The pantry is open Saturday and Monday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

Food and money for food is donated by the community, both from individuals and from businesses.

Money can be stretched with purchases from the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, but the pantry cannot exist without the help of the Worthington community, officials said.

At this time of year, with lots of organizations conducting annual food drives, food is plentiful. At other times, the pantry struggles to keep enough food on the shelves, Fralic said.

The pantry is possible because of collaboration among community volunteers who work there daily; stores that provide food; and business such as King Business Interiors of Worthington, which provides the truck and help to pick up and deliver food from the food bank.

Fralic, a Worthington resident, took over as director last summer.

"I'm so proud to live in this community because of the support we get," she said.