AKRON, Ohio — The Good Samaritan Hunger Center has been quietly making the rounds, setting up grocery pantry days at stops around Akron, distributing food to hungry families.
On Monday, Nov. 22, the nonprofit conducts its annual turkey distribution event from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Joy Park Community Center, 825 Ingram Way in East Akron.
The annual event is the group’s way of serving families in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, said Executive Director Michele Smith, in a release.
“The annual turkey distribution has drawn a large number of people historically, and we expect this year’s turnout to be even greater, further compounded by the ongoing pandemic,” Smith said. “As such, we are always asking for the community’s support, whether it be monetary or volunteering time.”
Good Samaritan can use some extra hands. A volunteer signup sheet is available online for all events through the end of the year, with helpers needed at the Patterson Park, Ed Davis and Summit Lake community centers, the group said.
No reservations are needed for the turkey distribution event at Joy Park. Turkeys will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, with two families per vehicles, and one turkey per family, the organization said. Those arriving in vehicles are asked to make sure the trunk is open and empty.
To schedule a ride to the event, call 330-807-4740 or send an email to Good Samaritan by Friday, Nov. 19.
Good Samarian has been operating in the area since 1982, with the goal that one day no one in the community will go hungry, the group said. Serving nearly 500 families per week, Good Samaritan also provides weekend food bags to students in Akron Public Schools, and distributes supplemental food items to seniors in Akron area.
For more information or to make a donation, visit the Good Samaritan website.