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Gobbling Up the Holiday Spirit

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For most of us, a plump and delicious Thanksgiving turkey is a given on the fourth Thursday in November.

But for so many, there is no guarantee they will have any meal at all, let alone a special one.

That’s why we are so very grateful to the students of Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School.

For 10 years, the students, parents, teachers and staff of MICDS have held a Turkey Train.

The students bring in dozens of frozen turkeys, and pass the birds down a huge line, hand-over-hand, to fill a St. Louis Area Foodbank truck.

It’s a pretty amazing sight – hundreds of kids braving the cold November weather to pass along this mainstay of holiday meals. Check out a video of the Turkey Train: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtzB0ll6BSs&feature=youtu.be

This year, the MICDS family donated 8,165 pounds of turkey and 2,200 pounds of non-perishable food items to the Foodbank.

These kids guaranteed 8,461 meals for families in need in our community. If that isn’t something to be thankful for, we’re not sure what is.

The turkeys are already on their way out to our food pantries, where families in need can pick them up in time for Thanksgiving.

Watch more video coverage of the 2013 Turkey Train: http://fox2now.com/2013/11/25/micds-students-participate-in-turkey-train/

Click here to check out our Facebook photo album with pictures from the day’s events.

By Bethany Prange

Communications coordinator at the St. Louis Area Foodbank

By Ryan Farmer

Communications manager at the St. Louis Area Foodbank

Atta Boy Scouts!

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Thanks to your hard work – and the overwhelming generosity of St. Louis city and county residents – we brought in a HUGE amount of food in the 2013 Scouting for Food drive!

So far, the St. Louis Area Foodbank has collected 688,126 pounds of food since the scouts starting pick up food on Nov. 16, 2013. That’s a whopping 55,111 more pounds than last year, and we’re still counting! Additional donations will be either picked up and/or delivered over the next week or two, so our grand total will be even higher!

Across the bi-state region, the results were just as astounding! According to the Post-Dispatch, “more than 2.1 million food items were collected by participants in the annual Scouting for Food drive in the St. Louis area and parts of southern Illinois and southeast Missouri.”

“It was the most collected since 2008, when 2.2 million items were gathered, said Christine Dieckmann, a spokeswoman for the Boy Scouts of America’s Greater St. Louis Area Council.”

Read more of the Post-Dispatch article

Regions Bank locations in the St. Louis area will be accepting any additional donations through the end of this week.

A tremendous thank you to the boy scouts of the Greater St. Louis Area Council for their hard work, and to the generous folks who put donated food out on their porches!

By Bethany Prange

Communications coordinator for the St. Louis Area Foodbank