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Turkey dinners handed out to local families



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Volunteers from Every Child Is Ours help hand out turkeys during a special event at the Union Sanborn School. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
December 02, 2020
NORTHFIELD — Thanks to a collaborative effort between the school district and a local organization, more than 100 families in the Winnisquam Regional School District got a free Thanksgiving dinner in a drive-through event.

On Tuesday morning cars lined through the parking lot of the Union Sanborn School to pick up a fresh turkey, side dishes, recipes, and even some free books right before Thanksgiving. Volunteers from the WRSD's Food Service department and Every Child Is Ours distributed the food and recipes and the Hall Memorial Library provided some free books based on age level.

Every Child is Ours and the Winnisquam Regional School District's food services department worked together to provide these free Thanksgiving dinners to anyone in the school community who needed them.

Lisa Drew from Every Child is Ours said they were giving out 125 dinners. The dinners included the turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, squash, and cranberry sauce along with some more fresh fruits and vegetables from the district's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program. They also handed out recipes for the feast.

"We wanted to give a little something extra to families," Drew said. "We just try to do whatever we can to feed the kids."

District food service manager Betty St. Onge helped organize the Thanksgiving event and the two groups got to work to put it together. They bought turkeys and some of the sides from Market Basket and the store also helped out with the cost. WRSD Food Service also provided some fresh produce. They also handed out recipes that families could follow when they cooked their meals.

The food was distributed at different stations around the Union Sanborn School parking lot. Volunteers from Every Child Is Ours, including officers with the Northfield Police Department, handed out turkeys at the first station and volunteers from Food Service handed out bags of sides along with the recipes at another one. The Hall Memorial Library also had a table where they passed out free books to families.

WRSD Food Service Director Rob Cohen said it felt great to be able to do this for the community.

"This is part of our community, it's what we need to do: give back," Cohen said.

Food Services has partnered with Every Child is Ours on numerous occasions. They have been providing free meals to students in need throughout the pandemic, especially as Winnisquam schools were on remote learning until after the Thanksgiving break.

Cohen said it was especially important to be able to help during this time.

"Anything we can do to help the community and the kids in the community," Cohen said. "We don't want any child to feel hunger."

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