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Second Harvest launches holiday turkey drive

Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana is sponsoring a new holiday campaign – “Turkey and a $20 Food and Fund Drive” – with a goal of collecting 5,000 turkeys and raising $50,000 to provide holiday meals to families in need throughout south Louisiana.
Along with the donation of a turkey, a $20 gift will allow Second Harvest to distribute 60 additional meals to households struggling with hunger.

“Our community has always been very supportive around the holiday season, and we hope that we can count on their support again this year to help provide holiday meals to families in need,” said Natalie Jayroe, president/CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank.

Last year, Second Harvest collected 80,930 pounds, the equivalent of 150,775 meals, through individual and corporate food drives during November and December.

There are several ways to get involved. Beginning Nov. 3, Winn-Dixie will accept donations at the register at locations in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Tammany, St. Charles, Lafayette and Iberia parishes. Individuals can go to to make an online donation or set up a personal or team fund-raising page.

Groups and individuals may drop off turkeys at the Second Harvest Food Bank facilities in Harahan on Turkey Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Nov. 20, there will be another drop-off day held at the Winn-Dixie location at 211 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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