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7 ways to help the Williams Food Pantry this Thanksgiving

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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Roast turkey with gravy, sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, creamed onions, buttered rolls, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

Williams Food Pantry Director Charlie Hoag is hoping every family in Williams can put these items on the table this Thanksgiving and Christmas and is asking the public for help.

"We gave out 130 turkeys last holiday season," Hoag said.

The Williams Food Pantry is gearing up for the annual influx of those seeking help stocking the shelves this winter, but is doing so with less help than last year.

“We’ve lost a few of our big donors from last year,” Hoag said.

Hoag is hoping the local community can step up to make the holiday season special for every family.

There are several ways the community can help the Food Pantry this season:

  1. Donate holiday food — turkeys, hams and all the trimmings to make the holidays special for every family.

  2. Provide essentials — personal care products are also in short supply — all kinds of personal care items are needed

  3. Cleaning up — cleaning supplies such as laundry detergent, dish soap, paper towels and toilet paper.

  4. Volunteer your time- the food pantry can always use volunteers to sort donations, stock shelves and deliver care packages.

  5. Donate money —Because most food banks rely on donations to feed the hungry, giving money can be a huge help. The food pantry often busy food at wholesale or discounted rates, meaning that they can get a large amount of food for a small amount of money.

  6. Give the basics —unexpired canned and boxed staples are always in need

  7. Get spicy — Many people lack basic spices and condiments such as salt, pepper, mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup.

Anyone interested in donating to the food bank can visit any Saturday at 200 S. 9th Street or call Hoag at (928) 635-2913.

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