Davis working to ensure families in need have Thanksgiving dinner with giveaway

700 turkeys and fixin’s to be distributed

HARRISBURG, Nov. 4 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, who has observed the financial hardship the coronavirus pandemic has placed on families across the Mon Valley, is hoping to ease concerns leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday by hosting a Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway in mid-November.

The event, co-hosted in partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 21 at McKeesport Area High School, 1960 Eden Park Blvd. Registration is required for this drive-up event. Residents should call 412-460-3663 ext. 655 or visit pittsburghfoodbank.org/get-help/drive-up to register. Reservations for this event are limited to 700 individuals and must be made by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19.

“I think it goes without saying that 2020 has been a challenging year for many, especially when it comes to the financial hardship that was a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Davis said. “Families have been forced to take on a lot this year, and I think the last thing residents should be worrying about is putting food on the table on Thanksgiving. So, please, if you’re worried about paying for food, don’t hesitate to register for this event.”

In addition to 700 turkeys, Davis said food boxes containing essential food items for a Thanksgiving meal – such as boxes of stuffing and potatoes, canned foods like gravy and cranberry sauce, vegetables and sweet potatoes – will be handed out to those who attend. Additional state-related resources will also be distributed at this event.

“Thousands of our neighbors have been deeply affected by COVID-19. Job loss combined with increased utility bills and holiday costs means that families are being financially stretched this season more than ever before,” said Lisa Scales, president and CEO of the Food Bank. “We are thrilled to partner with Representative Davis and United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania to provide these holiday meals to the community.”

"United Way is proud to help make an impact on our community this Thanksgiving. Especially now, when things are more difficult than ever, the holidays should be a time of hope and celebration," said Cheyenne Tyler, manager of School Initiatives at United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania. "We are so thankful to have the support from leaders like Representative Austin Davis and a strong partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank."

For additional information about this event, please visit www.pittsburghfoodbank.org.