Community donations are helping fill Thanksgiving baskets for the needy to be distributed next week by the Brookings Harbor Food Bank.

Executive Director Pam Winebarger said an article published Nov. 9 in the Pilot describing the lack of donations to fill the baskets, especially turkeys, has helped.

“We’ve had people coming in with turkeys and cash donations,” she said. “We are still in need of mashed potatoe mixes, gravy, stuffing and fresh or frozen pies.”

Each Thanksgiving basket will contain a turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, vegetables, rolls and a pie. There will be other food items that can be added to the baskets at the time of pickup depending on the donations.

The food bank is still receiving phone calls from people requesting the Thanksgiving baskets, but who have not pre-registered.

“We are getting calls from people who don’t know where to pre-registered,” she said. “For those who would like a Thanksgiving basket, they must come this week to the food bank to register. We’ll need an ID and something to show their physical address, such as a utility bill.”

The food bank, located at 539 Hemlock St. in Brookings is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Thanksgiving baskets will be assemble from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at the Brookings Church of the Nazarene, 1600 Chetco Ave. in Brookings. Clients who have pre-registered may pick up the baskets starting at 1 p.m. at the church.

Winebarger said the need for food by many families in the community continues to increase.

The true need for food in this area is those who work and struggle to live day to day, paycheck to paycheck and have food insecurities,” she said. “We are seeing an increase of people moving to the area needing services from our food bank.”

The food bank assembled and passed out 212 Thanksgiving baskets last year.

We’ll have at least that many this year,” Winebarger said.

For more information, call the Brookings Harbor Food Bank at, 541-469-6988.

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