Madison food pantries aim to distribute meals for families in need

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, local food pantries are making sure everyone has a meal, and many locations are in need of last-minute donations.

The Goodman Community Center is looking to distribute 3,900 turkeys to families in need this Thanksgiving.

The center has 3,500 families registered for a Thanksgiving Basket, but organizer Sam McDaniel said they want to have an additional 400 turkeys for families who may not have registered but still need help with their meal.

"The turkey is the iconic thing. It was makes people feel like they're having Thanksgiving dinner," said McDaniel.

As of Monday afternoon, the center was short 250 turkeys. McDaniel also said they're in need of stuffing, cranberry sauce and chicken broth.

The Goodman Center has a donation site set-up at its location at 149 Waubesa Street.

"They won't even need to get out of the car. We have an army of people here to help," said McDaniel.

St. Vincent de Paul's food pantry is serving up to 150 family a day.

"The Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving are the busiest days we have all year," said Chris Kane, the director of client services for St. Vincent de Paul.

Kane said they're in need of spices, baking goods, and toiletries, which can be used not only during Thanksgiving but through the holidays.

"Being able to cook and spend time together is important for all families," said Kane.

St. Vincent de Paul's food pantry at 2033 Fish Hatchery Road, is open and taking donations on Tuesday but will be closed Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

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