The Center for Family Resources has been providing Thanksgiving boxes to families in need in Cobb County for 26 years. As families prepare for a holiday with loved ones surrounding a Thanksgiving feast, many of our Cobb neighbors must stretch their budgets, making it difficult to afford a Thanksgiving meal for their families.
It will take nearly 70,000 food items to ensure every family served will receive everything they need for Thanksgiving. The coordination of Thanks for Giving 2011 would not be possible without the support of local individuals, schools, businesses and civic organizations. CFR relies entirely on these groups to make the Thanksgiving food distribution possible.
Please consider helping the effort by hosting a food drive. Food drive participants are encouraged to collect canned fruit or vegetables, dried or canned potatoes, stuffing mix, non-refrigerated piecrust and canned pie fillings. A full list of needed items can be found on the accompanying 2011 shopping list (pdf file).
Sponsorship opportunities for Thanks for Giving 2011 are available.
Food collection barrels have been provided for each food drive participant including the 2010 winner for largest food drive, Harrison High School.
Food drop-off dates are scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jim R. Miller Park. Distribution of the food boxes to registered families will take place on Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19 at Jim R. Miller Park. Numerous one-to-two hour volunteer shifts are available to assist with the drop-off dates and distribution. To sign-up for a volunteer shift, visit the CFR website.
If you'd like to donate a $65 food box or $15 turkey, become a Friend of the Feast.
Are you a family in need of a Thanksgiving food box? You can register to receive a box Monday, Oct. 24 and Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the Mansour Center located at 995 Roswell Street in Marietta.
Know someone in need this holiday season? For more information on registering families, call 770-428-2601, extension 414.