Community Partnerships Help Thousands of Neighbors Celebrate Thanksgiving
BALLSTON SPA – Nearly 700 families have already signed up for a Thanksgiving basket from LifeWorks Community Action ahead of the Nov. 10 registration deadline. To support this initiative, local partnerships established to meet the need during the height of the pandemic in 2020 have rejoined forces to serve neighbors throughout Saratoga County again this year.
Each year, Thanksgiving baskets are generously funded by individual donors. Prior to the pandemic, a small army of volunteers also joined the effort to pack more than one thousand bags of Thanksgiving staples. Due to the pandemic, however, plans had to be altered. “We needed to figure out how to move, pack and distribute more than forty thousand pounds of food while maintaining social distancing and not convening large groups of people”, said Angelo Calbone, Community Services Director at LifeWorks.
Luckily, local businesses and organizations were willing to step forward to help. The Food Pantries for the Capital District delivered food from the Regional Food Bank to Quad Graphics, who used an assembly line to pack all of the boxes. Local organizations then staffed distribution sites so that the Thanksgiving Basket Program was accessible to residents throughout the County. When 2021 Thanksgiving preparations came around, every partner gave a resounding yes, to rejoining efforts.
“Almost two years into a global pandemic that’s affected millions of Americans, our community is continuing to experience an unprecedented need,” said LifeWorks Executive Director, Jo Anne Hume. “Thankfully, our newly founded partnerships with Quad Graphics and The Food Pantries for the Capital District, our distribution site hosts and the generosity of individual donors in our community have made it possible for us to ensure that no neighbor goes hungry this Thanksgiving.”
LifeWorks’ Thanksgiving baskets includes staples like corn, cranberry sauce, gravy and stuffing as well as produce like apples and carrots. Each family also receives a gift card to buy a turkey or protein of their choice. This year, LifeWorks will have four pick-up sites across Saratoga County thanks to community partners.
- Ballston Spa, hosted by Ballston Spa National Bank;
- Clifton Park, hosted by Harvest Church;
- Corinth, hosted by The Salvation Army and Corinth Central School District; and
- Saratoga Springs, hosted by the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church.
To register for a basket or make a donation, visit lifeworksaction.org/donate2thanksgiving. The deadline to sign up for a basket is November 10th.