Any of the food donated that isn’t used will be used at Other Options’ Friends Food Pantry, which provides food, nutrition formula and toiletries to more than 1,200 adults and children monthly.
Mary Arbuckle, Other Options executive director, said to qualify for Other Options’ services, a person must have low or no income.
Other Options’ clients are at poverty level, and about one-fourth do not have health insurance.
The Thanksgiving meals are likely the only meal that Other Options’ clients and their families will have that day, Arbuckle said.
“For some of them, that’s the only person they’re going to see, so we make sure when they go out that they really give them a smile and wish them a happy Thanksgiving because, for a lot of them, that’s their only meal, and that’s the only face they’ll see,” Arbuckle said.