Thanksgiving 2022: Meals served to those in need in the Delaware Valley

TRENTON, NJ (WPVI) — Organizations throughout the Delaware Valley provided meals to those in need this Thanksgiving.

“Everyone will go home with a full stomach,” said Jacob Wall of Trenton.

Around 100 people were at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, also known as TASK, to sit down with a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal.

“This is part of a larger effort that we’ve been busy with for the last week… This is one of our favorite meal services for both well wishers, Trenton residents and volunteers,” said Michelle Wexler, Development Director at Task.

Many dishes were donated. Some who enjoy Thanksgiving dinner say that this meal is important to them because they don’t have family to spend the holidays with.

“They wouldn’t have Thanksgiving at all, you know? Some people have no family, so thankful for the soup kitchen. We have family with the soup kitchen,” said Eric Hedgepeth of Trenton.

In Philadelphia, meals were prepared by volunteers from the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance, also known as MANNA.

The meals were distributed to around 950 people.

“These meals were developed by nutritionists and physicians to aid in patient healing and recovery,” said Basil Kapchonick, a volunteer at Manna.

Volunteers said it means a lot to give.

“We provide services to those who are being healed and in need of help, and there is nothing like a special day like Thanksgiving to extend this to the community,” Kapchonick said.

Recipients said a warm meal made their Thanksgiving extra special.

Folks Action News said this goes beyond the food – it’s the thought that counts, the volunteers taking the time to spend the holiday with them.

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