Voice of the consumer: Thanksgiving food drives underway

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (The Gazette) - 11 News lead Call For Action investigator Katie Pelton pens a weekly column for our news partner The Gazette. Previous columns can be found here.

This week may be all about Halloween, but it is also a good time to start thinking ahead to Thanksgiving. Silver Key Senior Services is preparing Thanksgiving meals for local seniors, and it is very low on supplies.

“We have about 1,200 older adults that come through every month to get their groceries from Silver Key’s food pantry and they could not afford to do a Thanksgiving meal if it weren’t for us,” said Laurie Onstott, the resource development manager for Silver Key Senior Services.

Silver Key is holding its annual Bountiful Bags Food Drive, and it needs your help.

“Normally by this time, we would have at least a couple thousand pounds of food and we’re not anywhere close to that,” Onstott said. “Out of 1,200 meals that we need to put together, we probably have 200.”

The nonprofit organization will start preparing the meal bags this week, which is why they are putting the call out now. The group said without the community’s support, many seniors would not have a Thanksgiving meal.

“We’re most in need of cranberries, any kind of dry dessert mix or canned pie filling, instant mashed potatoes, dry stuffing, turkey gravy dry mix, yams or sweet potatoes,” Onstott said.

You can drop off donations at Silver Key at 1605 S. Murray Blvd. For other drop-off locations or to donate funds, find more information at silverkey.org.

Another local organization, Care and Share, is kicking off its annual Harvest of Love Food Drive this week. You can participate by donating at your local King Soopers in Colorado Springs and Pueblo beginning Saturday.

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