Over 1,000 Thanksgiving meals to be delivered to seniors

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Posted on November 20, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 20 at 10:54 AM

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ELMWOOD, La. - On Wednesday, Laura Buchtel and Sheba Turk whipped through Winn Dixie on a '"Supermarket Sweep." They collected items for a drive to feed seniors on Thanksgiving.

Thanks to their effort and donations by so many others, 1,500 meals will be delivered Tuesday to seniors across the metro area.

The meals were made from 450 pounds of turkey and consisted of low sugar and low salt options.

"We're so thrilled to partnering with Peoples Health to highlight senior hunger and the issues of senior hunger in our country and in Louisiana in particular," said Natalie Jayroe of Second Harvest Food Bank.

One out of eight seniors in Louisiana is at risk for hunger, Jayroe said.

Second Harvest Food Bank helped 40,000 seniors with emergency food supplies in the past year.

Winn Dixie is responsible for between seven to eight million pounds of food a year, and  $7,500 worth of produce, canned goods and ingredients were collected during the sweep.

The meals, which include turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, green beans, sweet potatoes, salad and pie, will be given to residents at seven Christopher Homes senior living centers.

It took two hours for Second Harvest and Peoples Health volunteers to make the 1,500 meals.

Other local organizations, including Greater St. Stephens Church and Cash Money Records, are participating in charitable efforts.

Greater St. Stephens Church is giving away turkeys Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Joy Theater on Canal Street. They are also handing out all the trimmings and gift cards. Organizers said there aren't any requirements, but everything is on a first come, first serve basis.

Cash Money Records is handing out 2,000 turkeys and sides at A. L. Davis (Shakespeare) Park on LaSalle Street on Tuesday. The 16th annual event is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be free medical screenings.

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