img_7531How much food does it take to feed 1000 families for Thanksgiving? The simple answer: a lot.

The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia hosted its annual Thanksgiving-to-Go on November 24, pulling in the expertise of its Soup’s On! program, teams of volunteers, and dozens of Salvation Army officers and staff from across the area. Thanksgiving-to-Go allows people to pick up their meals in the morning and celebrate the holiday with friends and loved ones in their home later that day.

Preparations for Thanksgiving-to-Go event launched Monday of that week. Food was cooked by The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s Soup’s On! Project, a culinary arts job training and placement program. Staff and volunteers mobilized at the Philadelphia Headquarters to assist the Soup’s On! crew for three days, to cook and prepare the components of a complete Thanksgiving meal for an estimated 1000 local families.

  • 2,500 pounds of turkey
  • 1,400 pounds of mashed potatoes
  • 1,400 pounds of stuffing
  • 1,400 pounds of green beans
  • 1,200 cans of gravy
  • 1,200 cans of cranberry sauce
  • 1,200 packages of rolls
  • 1,000 apple pies

The troops were up before the sun on Thanksgiving morning to load trucks and deliver the meals to three distribution sites: West Philadelphia Corps Community Center, Temple Corps Community Center and Pioneer Corps Community Center.

Dozens of volunteers were stationed at each site, where they packaged up the meals for the lines of impoverished individuals and families. There were a lot of smiles, thank-you’s, hugs and prayers.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Thanksgiving-to-Go a huge success. Through your support, 4000+ individuals enjoyed a holiday meal at home with their families.



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