SUNNYSIDE, Wash. - Second Harvest Kitchen kicked off its 2nd annual Turkey Drive and Distribution today, which aids families in need with a free Thanksgiving Dinner.
Northwest Farm Credit Services in Sunnyside helped host the first day of the Turkey Drive as staff and volunteers handed out 250 holiday meals to families in Sunnyside that are below the poverty line.
Second Harvest will distribute a total of 2,500 meals this year between 11 am to 1 pm, as they will head to the Henry Beauchamp Community Center tomorrow in Yakima with 250 meals, and November 18 in Kennewick at the Benton County Fairgrounds with 2,000 meals.
Second Harvest's Community Impact Director Michele Roth says a turkey with fruits, vegetables and stuffing are included in the box that will help ease the budget of underprivileged families this holiday season.
"It gets a little bit tougher," said Roth. "Electricity bills are a little bit higher. The needs are just a little bit higher."
Sunnyside resident Jasmine Martinez was at the Turkey Drive this morning helping her sister who recently became a single mother of three.
Her sister's daughter has been diagnosed with autism that has put a strain on the family financially, but the Turkey Drive has helped reduce the stress.
"It puts a turkey on the table, and it's for the kids to have a good time around the table for the family," said Martinez. "It saves me a huge amount of worrying about if I can afford a turkey or this year."
Donations can be made at the Turkey Drive website, where people can donate $30 for a turkey dinner with all of the fixings, or make a contribution of any amount.